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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Oh joy! Adviser says Saudis may want to enrich uranium

An adviser to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia says that the Sheikhdom may want to enrich uranium as part of its efforts to establish 'civilian' atomic power.
The uranium enrichment process can produce nuclear-weapon material as well as fuel for civilian applications.

Over time, Riyadh is expected to want to be involved in as many parts of the atomic energy production process as it can be, said David Cox, a consultant whose firm was hired by Saudi Arabia to prepare the nuclear strategy.

"Enrichment could happen there and the same with mining uranium," Cox said, adding that "outsourcing will happen initially."

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy chose Cox's firm, Poyry, to analyze the potential for Saudi participation in all aspects of the atomic-energy production process, Reuters quoted the consultant as saying.

Cox said his firm's study "is to evaluate what part of [nuclear energy production] is possible at a reasonable economic cost."
What could go wrong?


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