The UAE Will Go Nuclear While Exporting Oil

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Ambassador Hamad Ali Al Ka’abi, UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said yesterday that the UAE will export oil and natural gas abroad but depend to a much larger extent on atomic power domestically.

The United Arab Emirates is pursuing nuclear-generated power to meet growing electricity demands that cannot be supported by fossil fuels, a senior government official said Monday.

Ambassador Hamad Ali Al Ka’abi, UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the UAE will export oil and natural gas abroad but depend to a much larger extent on atomic power domestically.

Study projections by the UAE government suggest that UAE electricity demand will triple to 41,000 megawatts by 2020, a 160 per cent hike from the 18,000 megawatts of capacity the country now enjoys.

“The natural gas available to the power sector will not be sufficient,” Al Ka’abi told delegates at the Nuclear Energy in the Gulf energy conference hosted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research...

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