By Sam Bridge
Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation conducts final checks prior to issuing operating licence for UAE nuclear power plant
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, alongside senior nuclear experts, are conducting rigorous checks prior to issuing an operating licence for the country's first nuclear reactor, it has been announced.
Only after the successful conclusion of the national regulatory review and receipt of international endorsement will FANR approve the operating licence for Unit 1 at Barakah, a statement said.
Nawah Energy Company, the operating and maintenance subsidiary of ENEC, said it expects to load the first nuclear fuel into Unit 1 by the end of March, once all requirements have been met. with operations starting shortly after this.
The details were given as the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) participated in the ongoing World Future Energy Summit, part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020.
It said that when the Barakah nuclear plant, made up of four identical reactors, is fully operational, it will generate up to 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity demand, while preventing the release of the 21 million tons of carbon emissions annually.
Unit 1 will become one of around 450 operating peaceful nuclear energy reactors around the world.
ENEC said the overall construction of the four units is more than 93 percent complete. Unit 4 is more than 83 percent, Unit 3 is more than 91 percent and Unit 2 is more than 95 percent.
The four units at Barakah will be able to generate up to 5,600 MW of clean electricity.