Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has launched the kingdom’s first nuclear research reactor as part of a plan to diversify the kingdom’s energy mix and acquire nuclear capabilities, state media reported. The reactor launched on November 5 is among 16 that Saudi officials, citing archrival Iran’s continued development of nuclear energy, have said they plan to build over the next two decades at a cost of $80 billion. While Riyadh insists its goal is to diversify away from oil and gas, the main drivers of the kingdom’s economy, the nuclear plans have raised concerns in the West about the possibility of a nuclear race between the two Middle Eastern rivals.
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Saudia Arabia has announced plans to build up to 16 reactors over the next 25 years.
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Saudi Arabia is proceeding steadily in its peaceful nuclear energy program. The low-energy nuclear research reactor project launched by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is part of seven strategic projects in the spheres of renewable and atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and aircraft manufacturing in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The project aims to establish the first research nuclear plant in the Kingdom. It also contributes to rehabilitating and developing human resources and research competencies related to science and nuclear engineering together with conducting specialized scientific researches, developing the nuclear industry and transferring its technologies in a way that boost the national atomic energy project in the Kingdom.
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