UAE in final stage of issuing operator licence for Barakah nuclear plant

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation director-general Christer Viktorsson did not specify a timeline
UAE in final stage of issuing operator licence for Barakah nuclear plant
The Barakah facility is being constructed by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Thu 28 Mar 2019 09:45 AM

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation is “in the final stage of issuing” a licence to the operator of the Barakah Nuclear plant, according to FANR director-general Christer Viktorsson.

The Barakah facility is being constructed by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).

Viktorsson did not specify a timeline for the issuance of an operator’s licence.

“We are currently reviewing the operating licence application, which was made by Nawah Energy Company for units 1 and 2 of the Barakah,” he said.

Additionally, Viktorsson said that FANR is working to build the skills of Emiratis working in the nuclear energy field. Currently, about 70 percent of FANR employees are Emirati.

To this end, FANR will launch a training programme on nuclear security.

“We are currently working in collaboration with 26 national stakeholders to draft the UAE’s national strategy for education and training in radiation protection,” he said.

FANR is also working to help develop and maintain a wealth of data and information about nuclear contamination and risks.

“We signed in February a sponsorship agreement with Khalifa University to implement a joint collaborative research programme on modelling of radionuclide dispersion in the UAE environment with the French Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety,” he said. “Cooperation is a core element of our work.”

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