Crown Prince launches project to build Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear research reactor

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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, during a tour of KACST. (SPA)
Updated 11 November 2018
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Crown Prince launches project to build Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear research reactor

  • Seven projects were announced during his visit to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
  • Cutting edge ventures are in the fields of renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and aircraft design

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a project to build Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear research reactor on Monday.

The project is one of seven cutting edge 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).

The new reactor will help Saudi Arabia conduct research develop technology for the country’s burgeoning nuclear industry. 

The Kingdom plans to build two full nuclear power reactors for energy and as many as 16 over the next 25 years.

The design of the reactor has been developed by KACST scientists with the help of international experts. Construction of the reactor is already underway and expected to be completed by the end of next year.

It will follow all the safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The reactor is designed to use uranium oxide fuel with 2.1 percent enrichment.

One of the other projects reviewed by the Crown Prince is a center for the development of aircraft structures to be based at King Khalid International Airport.

The center is one of the largest buildings for developing aircrafts in the Middle East with an area of 27,000 square meters with plans to expand it to 92,000 square meters. The center has the capacity to manufacture most aircraft structures, whether civilian or military. 

Another project is a genome laboratory for tackling genetic disease in the Kingdom. The National Laboratory of the Saudi Human Genome contains the latest technologies in the study of genetic code, and 100,000 samples which are being examined to create a medical database. 

The laboratory is equipped to diagnose a large number of genetic diseases, which cost more than SR4 billion a year to treat.

During his tour of the KACST headquarters, Crown Prince Mohammed also reviewed two solar-powered water desalination plants. A plant in Al-Khafji will have a capacity of 60,000 cubic meters per day, while another in Yanbu will have a capacity of 5,200 cubic meters per day.

He was also briefed on satellite projects, including the SaudiSat 5A and SaudiSat 5B satellites.

Khalid Al-Falih, the energy minister and chairman of the KACST board, expressed his appreciation to the crown prince for his support and interest in the city.

KACST targets investment and development in research, through the coordination of national scientific, technological and innovative policies and strategies.


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.