By Andy Sambidge
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp wins approval for first reactor from environmental regulator
The company behind the UAE's first nuclear power plant said on Sunday it has received approval for the project from an environmental regulator in the country.
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation said the approval from the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi was "an important step" in its plans for the country's first two reactors.
ENEC still needs to secure approval from the UAE's federal nuclear regulator before it can move ahead with construction.
ENEC said in a statement that it has received a No Objection Certificate from EAD for the construction of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 & 2.
ENEC submitted its construction licence application for Barakah Units 1 and 2 to FANR back in December 2010.
"We are committed to operating in a manner that is respectful of the environment throughout the construction and operation of the nuclear energy plants," said Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC.
"We understand that we must be responsible custodians of our site and the local environment, and we will actively and regularly monitor any impact, in conjunction with the EAD, to ensure the long-term sustainability of Abu Dhabi's environment," he added.
He said nuclear energy was one of the ways in which Abu Dhabi is demonstrating its commitment to the environment.
"With four nuclear energy plants delivering electricity to the grid by 2020, we will be delivering 5,600 MW of low carbon electricity to the national grid," added Al Hammadi.
The company plans to build the reactors at a coastal site in the country's far western region, near the border with Saudi Arabia.
A South Korean consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation won the $20bn contract for the project. ENEC hopes to have the first reactor running by 2017.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.
Good for the country
I do not think sustainability & respectful to the environmental can be used in the same sentence as giving the green light to use nuclear. Nucleur produces highly dangerous waste & that waste will remain buried in our environment for many many many years to come should this form of power production go ahead. I do not understand how rich nations like the UAE are still not using more alternative forms of energy where as countries like Denmark & Finland are on their way to their target of using solely alternative energies in less than fifty years...surely the UAE can do better than turning to Nuclear, has the disaster in Japan recently taught us nothing? Real sustainability is about looking to the future to find the best ways forward, while their is an argument for Nucleur in terms of amount of power it can produce I will never be convinced about calling it sustainable when the waste it produces is so dangerous & lasts hundreds of years dangerous to humans in our environment.
Nice to know the first Nuclear Plant is due to come to UAE.
Good for U.A.E. as well as to the entire region.
Our good wishes..
Regards and God Bless U.A.E.
WHEN IS HUMAN KIND AFTER SO MUCH DAMAGED DONE TO OUR NATURE THRU THE COLD WAR, THE CANCER TREATMENTS , NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS, GOING TO ACT ON THE FACT THAT NUCLEAR POWER ENERGY IS NOT SUSTAINABLE, BECAUSE OF ITS UNDEPLETED WASTE, THAT CONTAMINATES WATER TABLE RIVERS, GROUND AND SEAS..
HOW COME A DESSERT ENVIRONMENT COUNTRY CAN ADOPT THIS TYPE OR POWER WHEN THERE IS NO WATER.