EDF, the global nuclear power operator, has signed a long-term framework agreement to support operations and maintenance at the Barakah plant in Abu Dhabi, the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab world.
The agreement has been inked with Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)
France-based EDF will provide Nawah with services in a number of areas including operational safety, radiation protection, fuel-cycle management and environmental monitoring, a statement said.
It added that the agreement will be mutually beneficial to both companies whilst continuing to strengthen their partnership ties.
Both entities said they strongly believe that this 10-year commitment will contribute to the quality and safety led operations of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, which is currently preparing for operations of the first of its four 1400MW units.
Dominique Minière, EDF’s senior executive vice president in charge on nuclear and thermal fleet, said: “We are proud that Nawah has recognised EDF Group’s expertise, the world’s leading nuclear operator, by choosing us to provide it with services for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.
"With this agreement, EDF will be strengthening its position in the UAE’s low-carbon energy sector, thereby reasserting the goal of its CAP 2030 strategy which is to triple its business volumes outside of Europe by 2030.”
Mark Reddemann, Nawah CEO, added: “Nawah is delighted about this partnership and we are looking forward not only to bringing on board the expertise of EDF but more importantly we look forward to working closely with the team to ensure safe and secure start-up of Unit 1 at Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.
"EDF has a phenomenal track record of achievements in the global nuclear industry that we are bringing to Barakah.”For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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