On Wednesday 9/8/1436 KACARE signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education. Under the agreement 1000 Saudi youth will be sent abroad on scholarships to pursue their higher education and qualification to work for the atomic and renewable energy stations to be established, God willing, throughout the Kingdom within the framework of the National Strategy developed by King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).
As provided for under the said agreement, the targeted specializations are centered on the technologies of atomic and renewable energy. They include, for example, the following:
I. Atomic Energy:
1. Instrument and automation engineer
2. Radiation protection specialists
3. Nuclear reactor physics specialist
4. Thermal hydraulics specialist
5. Nuclear plant operator
6. Commissioning engineer
7. Nuclear safety engineer
8. Cyber security engineer
9. Radiochemist technician
10. Nuclear security and safeguards specialist
II. Renewable Energy:
1. Wind power specialist engineer
2. Geothermal power specialist engineer
3. Waste to energy specialist engineer
4. Solar photovoltaic (PC) specialist enginner
5. Concentrated solar power (CSP) specialist engineer
6. Power transmission and distribution engineer
7. Power production plant operators
8. Solar PV/CSP operators
9. Wind operators
10. Power electronics engineer
This agreement is just the first fruit and early fruit of mutual collaboration between KACARE and the Ministry of Education aiming at educating and qualifying Saudi youths at the highest levels of international universities worldwide. The candidates will be highly equipped and qualified to manage, operate and maintain power station generating electricity produced by atomic and renewable energy.
KACARE’s recently proposed plan entails erection of 9500 megawatt by solar, wind and geothermal power plants, as well as waist-to- energy over the next eight years. Targeted capacities will be distributed among various technologies, depending on appropriate technical, economic, and environmental options well suited to the Kingdom’s requirements. Furthermore, KACARE recommended that 4 atomic reactors be constructed, the first of which to be connected to the national power grid by 1447.
The said Plan will generate about 7000 jobs to be distributed among management, operation and maintenance of the proposed atomic and renewable power stations, other than those job opportunities required by the development of atomic and renewable energy sector to meet the requirements dictated by the design, development, and construction of such stations, in addition to the localization of industry and engineering services required by such plants throughout the Kingdom.