WSP PB: the future of GCC energy is nuclear

GCC countries must counteract their dependence on oil and gas with nuclear power and supplementary renewable energy resources, according to WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

WSP | PB’s power and water team said that nuclear energy will enable GCC countries to reduce their dependence on oil and gas.
WSP | PB’s power and water team said that nuclear energy will enable GCC countries to reduce their dependence on oil and gas.

The future of power generation in the GCC is nuclear, according to WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Commenting during a live ‘ask-the-expert’ session on Twitter, the consultancy’s power and water team said that Gulf countries would need to reduce their dependence on oil and gas with nuclear power and supplementary renewable energy resources.

The WSP | PB team noted that this shift has already begun in the UAE, and that other GCC countries are likely to follow suit. The consultancy also pointed out that whilst it expects renewables to play an important role in the region’s energy future, they will not be sufficient to meet demand without nuclear power.

Tweeting on behalf of WSP | PB’s Middle East arm, the power and water experts said: “The [Middle East’s] dependence on oil and gas will need to be reduced and replaced with nuclear, and to a lesser extent, renewables.

“Renewable is growing, but cannot meet base-load demand. Nuclear is established and the UAE, [and it will] be followed by others,” the team added.

The WSP | PB is supporting a number of the GCC’s largest power authorities and initiatives, including: Phase 10 and Ras Laffan in Qatar; Rabigh PP2, Riyadh PP12, and Saudi Aramco Cogeneration Plants in Saudi Arabia; Abu Dhabi Transmission & Dispatch Company (Transco) in the UAE; and Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW).

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