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June 02, 2011

Saudi Arabia plans 16 nuclear reactors by 2030 and Luthuania plans two reactors

1. Saudi Arabia plans to construct 16 nuclear power reactors over the next 20 years at a cost of more than 300 billion riyals ($80 billion), according to Abdul Ghani bin Melaibari, coordinator of scientific collaboration at King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy. Speaking during the Gulf Environment Forum in Jeddah, he said, "After ten years we will have the first two reactors. After that, every year we will establish two, until we have 16 of them by 2030.



2. Lithuania's new nuclear build plans have sprung back into life with the announcement of two proposals from reactor vendors. The country has longstanding plans to replace the Ignalina power plant, which used two large Soviet-era reactors to power most of the Baltic States region.

The proposals were listed as coming from Westinghouse and Hitachi-GE, but no details were revealed by any of the participants.

The energy minister, Andrej Sekmokas, said the project is "at a very mature stage" and talks on the proposals would now start with the other Baltic States partners, Estonia, Latvia and Poland. A winning proposal should be selected in coming months said Sekmokas.

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