Japan offers Saudi Arabia nuclear skills as kingdom targets 17 GW

Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has offered his country’s expertise in developing nuclear power in Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom is interested in building nuclear power stations in a bid to free up more oil for exports, while Japan is seeking to secure more oil from the Middle Eastern nation in the event of potential instability in world supply.

A Saudi official told Motegi he was hopeful Japanese technology could be used in the development of Saudi nuclear power plants, with the kingdom planning to build up to 17 GW of nuclear power capacity over the next two decades.

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