UAE approves Abu Dhabi nuclear plans
FANR grants licence for construction of nuclear power reactor units
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has approved a licence for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) for the construction of two nuclear power reactor units at the proposed Barakah site in Abu Dhabi. The FANR Board of Management, chaired by H.E. Dr Ahmed Al Mazrouei, agreed at a meeting on July 17th to authorise the construction of two Korean-designed APR1400 reactors, each capable of producing 1,400 MW. The licence does not allow ENEC to operate the units, and will require a separate application.
“The issuance of a construction licence is a significant milestone in the UAE’s nuclear energy programme,” said Dr Al Mazrouei.
The licence had been the subject of an 18-month review, involving over 200 experts, and has looked at issues including the design of the plant, the safety analysis and quality assurances for construction and radiation safety measures. The licence application was subject to additional assessment following the March 2011 Fukushima accident, and FANR has said that the ENEC’s additional assessment has demonstrated the robustness of the proposed plan.
“Going forward, during the construction itself and during our review of any operating licence application, we will continue to be conscious of our responsibility that nuclear power in the UAE is used safely, securely and only for peaceful purposes,” said FANR Director General Dr William D. Travers.