Saudi Arabia’s nuclear authorities have announced that Russian nuclear engineer Rosatom has joined the shortlist to build two nuclear power plants, each with a capacity of 2.8GW, as the first stage of its plan to build 17GW of nuclear power by 2040 at a cost of about $80bn. The announcement was accompanied by an article in the Saudi Gazette lauding Rosatom’s VVER-1200 design, which it described as “not only the world’s first generation 3-plus reactor, but also the first to be produced as a serial project”. The VVER pressurised water design is in use in two nuclear plants in Russia and will be the first reactor to be installed in Turkey and Egypt. Its evident buildability is at a premium following the problems with other advanced designed, such as the Franco–German EPW. The kingdom has been in negotiations with potential builders in China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US over the plan, with South Korea considered the frontrunner following the success of the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) in building the $25bn Barakah nuclear plant complex in the UAE (pictured), albeit with delays. South Korea was added to the shortlist at the beginning of this month.
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