ENEC submits application for two more reactors
FANR to consider construction licence for Barakah Units 3 & 4
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted the Construction Licence Application (CLA) for Units 3 and 4 at the UAE’s Barakah nuclear development. The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) will now consider the applications, which follow the approval of the CLA for Units 1 and 2 in July of last year.
ENEC is aiming to build four reactors at the Barakah site, each with 1,400 MW of output capacity. Construction work on the first two units – which are Korean APR1400 units – is reportedly progressing on schedule, after pouring of safety concrete started in July 2012 for Unit 1.
“This marks another important milestone in our programme as we work towards delivering safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE. The team has work diligently to deliver to our regulator a comprehensive, high quality application that draws from all of the experience we have gained – through our reference plants in Korea, the lessons learned from Fukushima, and our own experience with the first application process from Units 1 & 2,” said ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi.
“We remain committed to achieving the highest standards of safety and quality in all aspects of our programme, and will continue to work under FANR’s strict regulations. We now look forward to supporting FANR’s review process,” he added.
The application submitted extended to 10,000 pages, and includes a Preliminary Safety Analysis Report, a preliminary Safeguards plan covering nuclear fuel security, and a Physical Protection Plan, that outlines how construction facilities will be secured.