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French companies AREVA and EDF have signed two set of agreements in an effort to support Saudi Arabia’s nuclear energy programmes
The French majors signed pacts with Saudi manufacturers and universities to develop nuclear expertise in the country. The MoUs also aim to strengthen the industrial and technical skills of local companies with the intention of building a network of suppliers for future nuclear projects in the Saudi Arabia.
"These agreements demonstrate the common will of EDF and AREVA to establish a true long-term partnership with Saudi Arabia. They will enable the country to build a strong industrial base and a robust skills management programme," said Luc Oursel, president and CEO of AREVA.
Henri Proglio, CEO, EDF, added, "These new agreements underline EDF and AREVA's commitment alongside Saudi Arabia to enable it to successfully implement its national energy strategy and in particular to develop its future nuclear program by contributing to the development of a local network of manufacturers and by training qualified engineers."