French energy companies Areva and EDF have signed a cooperation agreement with the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Bahrah to develop technical nuclear skills in Saudi Arabia.
According to the deal, both of the companies will contribute towards training Saudi technicians in various nuclear specialties, such as welding, electrical installation, mechanics and electro-mechanics.
Areva and EDF will train Saudi locals as part of their international development strategy to rely on local partners for the shared industrial projects they export.
The two companies have welcomed representatives from several Saudi higher education establishments to their industrial sites in France to exhibit fuel cycle activities, operation of the nuclear plants and reactor construction.
EDF supplies energy and services to approximately 28.6 million customers in France and the company has nuclear and hydropower generation facilities where 95.9% of the electricity output is free from carbon dioxide emissions.
Nuclear firm Areva supplies advanced technology solutions for power generation with less carbon, while the company is also developing its activities in other renewable sectors such as wind, bioenergy, solar and energy storage.
In October 2012, EDF and Areva organised a series of supplier days in support of the nuclear new-build projects in Poland.
The events came under the framework of the nuclear programme launched by the Polish Government in 2009.
Image: Areva headquarters in Paris, France. Photo: courtesy of Pline.