UAE and Korea sign nuclear safety pact
Agreement covers cooperation in the field of light water reactor safety.
The United Arab Emirates’ Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation in the field of nuclear safety with respect to light-water nuclear power reactors.
The MOU was signed in Vienna, Austria, by Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, Deputy Chairman of FANR’s Board of Management, and KAERI President Dr Jong Kyung Kim on the side-lines of the annual International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference.
Following the 2009 issuance of the Nuclear Law, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Agency selected a Korean prime contractor to build four light-water nuclear power reactors in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. All four are currently under construction with the first scheduled to enter into service in 2017 pending FANR’s regulatory approval.
The five-year MOU signed today calls for FANR and KAERI to collaborate with the aim of enabling FANR to gain experience in the field of nuclear safety for advanced light-water reactors. The two organisations will engage in cooperation on thermal-hydraulic experiments, safety analysis, severe accident analysis and risk assessment and management amongst other areas.
“This agreement advances the UAE’s efforts to maximise safety as the nation prepares to add nuclear power to its energy mix,” said Ambassador AlKaabi, also the UAE’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency. “FANR and the UAE will benefit greatly from this cooperation with such an experienced nuclear partner as KAERI.”