Making Deserts Bloom – Nuclear Power in the Middle East
Shane and I chatted about recent announcements by Morocco, Algeria, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia that they have been talking with the International Atomic Energy Agency about developing nuclear power programs. All of the countries have indicated that they are interested in using nuclear power in cogeneration plants that produce useful products like fresh water in addition to electricity.
One of the key factors to consider is that oil producing countries currently have large reserves of cash, a key ingredient for a successful nuclear power plant development project. In addition, as energy producers, these countries have a base of people that understand the geopolitical importance of the industry, the importance of working carefully around high energy systems, and the impact that the energy industry can have on prosperity.
We talked about desalting plants, production of uranium from sea water, creating fertilizer from atmospheric nitrogen, and history of nuclear programs in the Middle Eastern area.
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