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.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.