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ADNOC carries out radiation tests on vessels from Japan

State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company says tests on ships are a 'precaution' amid nuclear scare

ADNOC carries out radiation tests on vessels from Japan
Fukushima nuclear plant.

State-owned Abu Dhabi

National Oil Company (ADNOC), is testing vessels returning from

Japan, the world's third biggest crude oil importer, for

radiation, a government official said on Monday.

UAE OPEC governor Ali Obaid al-Yabhouni said tests for

radiation were being run on ships returning from Japan "as a

precaution".

"We are still sending our ships to Japan on a regular basis,

and it's a priority for us to keep our people ships and people

safe so we are taking all precautions," said Yabhouni, who also

heads Abu Dhabi's National Tanker Co and National Gas Shipping

Co, part of ADNOC.

At the weekend, the spike in radiation levels forced a

suspension of work at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex,

with experts warning that Japan faced a long fight to contain

the world's most critical atomic crisis in 25 years.

ADNOC remains committed to supplying Japan with crude

products and will continue to meet any extra demand that might

be needed in the future, al-Yabouni said.

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