UAE's first nuclear reactor gets electricity generation licence

Department of Energy issues key regulatory requirement before operation of the first of four reactors at Barakah
By Sam Bridge
Wed 25 Jul 2018 01:51 PM

The Department of Energy has issued an electricity generation licence to Barakah One Company, the joint venture subsidiary company owned by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).

The licence is a key regulatory requirement before operation of the first of four reactors at Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi, a statement said.

It added that the licence is an important milestone in advance of Nawah, the operating and maintenance subsidiary of ENEC and KEPCO, obtaining the operating licence from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).

Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, chairman of the Department of Energy, said that generating electricity from nuclear energy is one of the best long-term solutions for the production of clean, efficient and reliable power to support UAE’s continued economic growth and diversification.

He added that the licence granted to Barakah One Company is the first of its kind in the region that will ultimately allow it to generate electricity from nuclear energy.

Al Marar added: "One of the strategic objectives of the Department of Energy is to guarantee energy security and sufficient supplies of energy, thus we look forward to strengthening our cooperation with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries to support the delivery of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme."

Earlier this month, the UAE said that its first nuclear reactor would come online in late 2019 or early 2020, further delaying the launch of the Arab World's first atomic power station.

Construction of the first of four reactors at the $20 billion Barakah plant has been completed and had been due to come online last year.

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Last Updated: Wed 25 Jul 2018 01:54 PM GST

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