Saudi Arabia’s new King, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, has decided to cease the Supreme Council of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-Care) as part of a government reshuffle.
It is not entirely clear what role KA-Care will play going forward in the development of renewable and nuclear energy in the Kingdom.
The original plan set targets for implementing 54GW of renewable energy and 17GW of nuclear power by 2032.
In February 2013, KA-Care launched a white paper detailing targets for the procurement strategy for the construction of the initial phases of the 54GW scheme. Following this, there was little progress with no further news being released.
Plans to develop the civilian nuclear power programme, which was targeting building up to 16 reactors to provide upwards of 17,000MW of power by 2032, have also gone quiet. In September 2012, KA-Care appointed a group of advisers to work on plans for the programme. However, while an initial study was completed, there has been no further progress with the plans.