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UAE nuclear programme being reviewed, says regulator

Gulf state will draw lessons from recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan, says regulator

UAE nuclear programme being reviewed, says regulator
The UAE is conducting a review of its nuclear power programme after the Japan crisis (for illustration purposes only)

The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear safety regulator is conducting “a very thorough review” of the country’s atomic power plans including seismic safety and will draw lessons from the recent nuclear accidents in Japan.

“Before any plant operation is authorized, a second review, focusing on operational safety, will also be conducted,” William Travers, the director-general of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, said in a statement received by email today.

“Once we fully understand the details of what has happened in Japan, we will use this information to enhance the safety of the peaceful nuclear power programme here in the UAE.”

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Sands of Change 9 years ago

how about solar farms, it does not require nuclear material, no nuclear waste, and if god forbid something drastic happens, no nuclear clouds in the UAE.

Telcoguy 9 years ago

Do some numbers. Check the energy consumption, then the productivity per square meter and you get the surface required.
Then you need to take into account the cost of the solar cells.
Finally solar/wind are not good enough on their own, you need a baseline either burning coal or gas or a dam or nuclear to provide you with energy on the quiet nights with no wind.
Renewables have been sold on unrealistic basis, but they make a great story for politicians and other animals.