Assessment of Potential Nuclear in selected sites in Saudi Arabia
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia plans to build nuclear reactor as a part of its vision 2030 that aims to diversify its energy mix. For this purpose, five cities have been selected in order to setup nuclear power plant. The country had intended 17 GW of nuclear capacity by 2040 to cover 15% of the power. The current study aims at assessing the suitability of the selected sites to build nuclear reactors based on the seismic, meteorology, population, hydrology and proximity to sensitive facilities criteria. In addition, an economic analysis for the installation of nuclear reactor in the Kingdom has been carried out in order to evaluate the feasibility of the project. Results revealed that Jubail city showed suitability to all criteria and it can be the best site to install nuclear reactor. Also, the Umm Huwayd and khor Duweihin sites could be appropriate places since they demonstrate their aptness to all criteria except the meteorological criteria related to high temperature and high dust and sandstorm. The economic analysis was carried out by evaluating the LCOE of different reactor designs in KSA and the results showed an average of $41/MWh.