GCC eying nuclear energy


Professor Hajji Suleiman Sharif, the director of the Peaceful Nuclear Technology Bureau, said in a press release that delegates at the eighth meeting of the GCC team responsible for monitoring detailed studies on applications of peaceful nuclear energy, which concluded
here yesterday, had called for consolidating GCC efforts in research in this area.

He said that there were many technical, scientific, political and economic issues of relevance that need to be looked into, adding that the team had agreed to boost its efforts in the period up to the end of 2009. Sharif said that a number of detailed studies had to begin within the next three months and would be completed as soon as possible, while emphasizing the importance of coordination and cooperation between the GCC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on studies into the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Moreover, he said, the team members had established a timeline for all the necessary training, seminars and workshops which need to be held before the end of the year, thus creating a basis upon which experts and specialists could contribute to decision-making in this area. The team’s eighth meeting began in the Omani capital on Tuesday. The GCC member states are working to make peaceful nuclear energy available for electricity production purposes.


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