• 4 minutes Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Obama's Attempted Coup Against Trump
  • 7 minutes Countries with the most oil and where they're selling it
  • 10 minutes Stack gas analyzers
  • 13 minutes What Would Happen If the World Ran Out of Crude Oil?
  • 17 hours Trudeau Faces a New Foe as Conservatives Retake Power in Alberta
  • 6 hours Ecoside
  • 13 hours Oil at $40
  • 5 hours Japan’s Deflation Mindset Could Be Contagious
  • 10 mins US Military Spend at least $81 Billion Protecting OPEC Persian Gulf Oil Shipping Lanes (16% DoD Budget)
  • 20 hours Not Just Nuke: Cheap Solar Panels Power Consumer Appliance Boom In North Korea
  • 19 hours Haaretz article series _ Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Turmoil | Part 1 - Oil Empire
  • 10 hours Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Trump's Attempts to Interfere in the Special Counsel Investigation
  • 6 mins "Undeniable" Shale Slowdown?
  • 2 days Is Canada hosed?
  • 15 hours Negative Gas Prices in the Permian
  • 15 hours Gas Flaring
  • 1 day The Number Increases: Swiss To Support Belt And Road Push During President's China Trip
Irina Slav

Irina Slav

Irina is a writer for the U.S.-based Divergente LLC consulting firm with over a decade of experience writing on the oil and gas industry.

More Info

Trending Discussions

Washington’s Secret Nuclear Deal With Saudi Arabia

Washington has secretly given the go-ahead to several companies to sell nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports, citing a document it had obtained. The document featured an approval of six authorizations for nuclear power tech by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

The request for secrecy came from the companies that won the authorizations, according to the document, authored by officials from the National Nuclear Security Administrations.

“In this case, each of the companies which received a specific authorization for (Saudi Arabia) have provided us written request that their authorization be withheld from public release,” it said.

An official from the Department of Energy told Reuters the reason for the secrecy was that the requests from the companies to partake in the deal with Saudi Arabia contained proprietary information.

The information comes on the heels of a report that the Government Accountability Office had initiated a probe into the U.S.-Saudi nuclear power talks that have been going on for a while. There is one important obstacle in these talks and this is Saudi Arabia’s reluctance to sign a nuclear co-operation agreement under the Atomic Energy Act that seeks to guarantee that nuclear technology is only used for civil purposes.

Related: Texas Needs 11,000 More Miles Of Pipelines

The Financial Times recalls that two months ago Congress accused the Trump administration of trying to sell U.S. nuclear power technology in defiance of the law. A recent report for the House of Representatives said the administration was trying “to rush the transfer of highly sensitive US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.”

In this, Reuters notes, the U.S. competes with South Korea and Russia. Riyadh will announce the companies that will build Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear reactors later this year. There is concern, however, that the Kingdom will not use nuclear technology for strictly civil purposes, which could ignite an arms race in the Middle East.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage

Trending Discussions


Leave a comment
  • t t on March 30 2019 said:
    Saudi Arabia has the right to establish and own nuclear weapons as long as they follow international laws. The other neighbouring country, Iran, had sanctions because it did not have transparency in its goals and progresses, thus, breaking international laws.

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News