UAE nuclear facility to avoid Fukushima repeat
ENEC emphasises the importance of creating a culture of safety around the nuclear reactors in the country to avoid any disasters like the one that affected Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan
The highest nuclear authority in the United Arab Emirates has indicated that it is making safety its topmost priority for the nuclear reactors in the country.
Christer Viktorsson, director-general of the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), said that it is very important to create a culture of safety around the nuclear reactors in the country to avoid any disasters like the one that affected Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
The authorities in the UAE have conducted a review following the disaster in Fukushima Daiichi five years ago and formed stricter safety measures.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was swamped by an earthquake-triggered tsunami on March 11, 2011 and failed many safety systems. Reports showed that around 15,000 people living and working near the Japanese Daiichi power plant were evacuated.
The revised UAE nuclear power safety measures will ensure that the Western Region's Barakah nuclear power plant is capable of withstanding extreme events. Officials said that the first of the four reactors in the facility is expected to start operations next year. Viktorsson said that the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), which is created to oversee the UAE's nuclear plant, must meet stricter enhanced safety regulations before the facility becomes operational next year.
Viktorsson said, "A strong safety culture is critical to the success of nuclear energy in the UAE. At the FANR, we aim to instill values and behaviour that prioritise the protection of the UAE's residents and environment above any competing interests."