Russia state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, has agreed a programme for nuclear cooperation with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.

The programme provides for collaboration in several key areas, including work small and medium reactors for power generation and water desalination, and human resources development for Saudi Arabia’s nuclear programme.

Russia and Saudi Arabia will also consider the advantages of construction of a Nuclear Science and Technology Centre based on the Russian-design research reactor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Rosatom said.

The agreement was signed 5 October in Moscow, during a visit of the King of Saudi Arabi Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud to Russia. 

It comes in the framework of an Intergovernmental Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy signed between Russia and Saudi Arabia in June 2015.