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Saudi Arabia approves civil nuclear cooperation with Russia

RIA Novosti

09:14 27/10/2010 DUBAI, October 27 (RIA Novosti) - The Saudi Arabian government has approved plans for civil nuclear cooperation with Russia, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The draft agreement was signed by the head of the country's center for nuclear and alternative energy technologies, Hashim Abdullah Yamani.

The King Abdullah City for Nuclear and Renewable Energy was founded in April to diversify the kingdom's power generation away from oil and gas.

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil producer, joins other countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG), including Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in seeking civil nuclear energy.

Kuwait and France sealed a civil nuclear energy deal in April, while the United Arab Emirates and South Korea signed a $20.4 billion agreement last year whereby several companies headed by Korea Electric Power Corp. would build four nuclear plants in the Arab country.

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