Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday (Nov 5) launched the project of Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear research reactor, which will help Saudi Arabia to develop technology for the country’s burgeoning nuclear industry, state media said. The project is among the seven ventures in the fields of renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and aircraft design that were inaugurated by the crown prince, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The projects were discussed during his visit to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and design of the reactor has been developed by KACST scientists to use uranium oxide fuel with 2.1 percent enrichment. The project will be completed with the help of international experts. The Kingdom plans to build two full nuclear power reactors for energy and as many as 16 over the next 25 years. It will follow all the safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
During his tour of the KACST headquarters, Crown Prince Mohammed briefed on satellite projects, including the SaudiSat 5A, SaudiSat 5B satellites and two solar-powered water desalination plants.
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17 November, 2019