UAE nuclear plant wins environmental OK

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp wins approval for first reactor from environmental regulator
UAE nuclear plant wins environmental OK
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 15 Jul 2012 05:35 PM

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.

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