The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) published a working paper titled “Localizing Nuclear Capacity? Saudi Arabia and Small Modular Reactors” written by Ali Ahmad and Reem Salameh of the Energy Policy and Security Program at IFI and M.V. Ramana from Liu Institute for Global Issues, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia.
The paper examines mainly how compatible Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are with Saudi Arabia’s interest in energy technologies localization and assesses the potential for localizing SMRs in KSA. It starts with two sections that summarize the background for Saudi Arabia’s interest in nuclear power and in SMRs, and some of the claims made about the benefits of SMRs. This is followed by a section discussing localization and ends with a brief comparison of localization in another realm: Solar photovoltaics.