IAEA Cooperation for Nuclear Power Programme in Saudi Arabia
2013-02-25 | An IAEA team, led by Mr Ali Boussaha, Director of Division for Asia and the Pacific, Department of Technical Cooperation (TC), visited Saudi Arabia on 9-13 February 2013 and discussed with representatives of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) opportunities for future cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy and application, including a nuclear power programme, research reactors and radioactive waste management, with a view to developing concrete plans for IAEA technical cooperation projects.
Concerning a new nuclear power programme in Saudi Arabia, K.A.CARE as the Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization (NEPIO) provided a briefing to the IAEA team on the country’s plans to introduce nuclear power into the national energy mix, and presented the considerable work already done in preparation for this.
The IAEA team provided feedback to this briefing based on best practices and presented the IAEA Milestone approach in detail, as well as peer review services such as Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions to assist Member States in building a national nuclear infrastructure.
Based on such fruitful discussion, the IAEA team and K.A.CARE’s representatives identified specific activities for future IAEA assistance in the short term (2013) as well as in the next TC cycle (2014-2015).