Low Power Research Reactor

The nuclear research reactor project, which was inaugurated by His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, is the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This project contributes to the design and development of the nuclear reactor industry in the Kingdom, developing and qualifying competencies and building human capacity to operate nuclear power reactors, and transfer their technologies to contribute to Vision 2030 objectives by diversifying the Kingdom’s economy and increasing renewable energy production. The reactor specifications were designed and developed by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology with the participation of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and international experts.


The Low Power Research reactor is one of the open-pool type reactors, which are characterized by specifications suitable for research uses with very high safety and security standards. It operates at low pressure with its dependence on natural circulation for cooling, which makes it an ideal tool for research, development, and training in the fields of nuclear and related sciences.

Project Objectives

Low Power Research Reactor in Numbers