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Barakh nuclear project gets first steel shipment

It took more than two years to make the nuclear-grade steel

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Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi (left) and Mohamed Al Hammadi
Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi (left) and Mohamed Al Hammadi

 The first shipment of UAE-produced nuclear grade reinforcing steel, produced by Emirates Steel Industries PJSC was delivered to Barakah, the selected site of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme.

A delegation from Emirates Steel, led by Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi, chief executive officer, was welcomed by Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) to commemorate this significant milestone in the construction of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme.

Over a two-year period, ENEC’s industrial development team, a workgroup created to upgrade the quality and technical standards of UAE companies to enable them to tender for contracts within the UAE’s nuclear energy programme, collaborated with Emirates Steel to match its quality processes with the highest standards in the world and obtain ASME Material Organization certification.

“Emirates Steel has made a significant effort to match their quality infrastructure with the highest standards and we are pleased to be working with them,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC CEO.

“In the nuclear energy industry, there is no greater priority than safety. To ensure the highest standards of safety in all aspects of our construction and operations, every product and every component must be of the highest quality standards. In order to achieve this, every supplier is subject to an extensive evaluation and assessment,” added Al Hammadi.

“It took us more than two years to make the grade and to implement a nuclear quality system that would allow us to manufacture and supply nuclear quality products to the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program,” said Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Steel. “This system was only developed to supply products to nuclear projects and can only be activated for nuclear orders.”

The nuclear grade steel is the highest quality class of steel required for nuclear safety related construction. Reinforcing steel plays an important role in the safety and security of nuclear facilities. It is one of many physical safety and security design features that make nuclear energy plants amongst the strongest and most robust structures in the world.

“Public safety in nuclear power generation is the main concern of every operator and this is one reason why Emirates Steel adheres to every nuclear energy standard in production, safety, testing, inspections, and control of measurement devices. We are confident that our products conform to established safety standards,” added Al Romaithi.

Following the achievement of ASME certification, the first order of 45,000 tonnes of rebar, of which 5,000 tonnes are Q-class, has now been delivered to the project site at Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Further orders will be placed over the course of the next seven years as the construction of ENEC’s four nuclear energy plants progresses. Previously, the project received Q-class reinforcing steel from the Republic of Korea as no local manufacturers met the strict qualification criteria.

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