FANR hands out nuclear technical services contract
Lloyd's Register and Lightbridge to support UAE plant construction.
Lloyd’s Register Energy together with Lightbridge Corporation has won a contract to support the nascent nuclear industry in the UAE.
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) awarded the deal to provide construction oversight and related technical services for a new generation of nuclear power plants.
Lloyd’s Register Energy will support FANR for several years on a series of work packages designed around project management, construction inspection and oversight services, the London-based firm said in a statement.
These include design verification, inspection plans, quality assurance, and vendor inspection during site construction, installation and commissioning.
Commercial terms were not revealed.
Lloyd’s Register Energy’s nuclear vice-president, Mamdouh El-Shanawany, said: “This contract with FANR underlines our aspiration to become a leading nuclear safety Technical Support Organisation (TSO), and it demonstrates real momentum towards how nuclear safety can be managed and controlled in the nuclear sector.”
He added: “Safety and quality is the number one priority for FANR; I am confident we will continue to progress our work in the Middle East as we support the Regulator in the UAE on its primary work packages.”
The contract is a major milestone for Lloyd’s Register Energy’s nuclear ambitions to be recognised globally with the capability of acting on behalf of regulators as an independent Technical Safety Organisation and on one of the latest nuclear new build programmes worldwide, the statement said.
The work will be important in helping FANR continue its planning and preparation for the commissioning of the power plant at Barakah in 2017.