Media reported that Saudi Arabia has started exploration of uranium

CC BY-SA 4.0 / B. alotaby / Royal tower in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Archival photoMedia reported that Saudi Arabia has started exploration of uraniumCC BY-SA 4.0 / B. alotaby /

Saudi Arabia has embarked on a uranium exploration programme in the development of alternative sources of energy instead of hydrocarbons, said on Sunday Saudi newspaper «al-Okaz» with reference to the head of the Geological Department of the Kingdom of Zahir Nuweba.

«Work began on the project exploration and evaluation of uranium ore and thorium in the province of hail (in the North of Saudi Arabia — ed.), lasts two years, with the participation of Geological survey and research center, king Abdullah atomic and renewable energy, as well as the team of Chinese experts», — said Nuwab.

According to him, this project is implemented by order of the crown Prince of the Kingdom as part of a plan to conduct large-scale exploration in the country with the participation of specialists of the China national nuclear Corporation according to the signed the agreement during the visit of the Saudi king in Beijing in March this year.

The head of the office stressed that «the Kingdom is not going to use the discovered inventory for military purposes».

In 2015, the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman al Saud announced economic program of the country’s development up to 2030 «Vision-2030», which provides for the rejection of the use of oil.