The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues a license to operate the second unit of the Barakah plant

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The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation – the regulatory body responsible for regulating the nuclear sector in the United Arab Emirates – announced yesterday that it has issued a license to operate the second unit of the Barakah peaceful nuclear energy plant in favor of the Nawah Energy Company of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, which in turn is responsible for operating the plant located in the region. Al Dhafra in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Under the license, Nawah Energy Company became authorized to operate the second unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant over the next 60 years.
The issuance of the operating license is the culmination of the efforts made by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, since it received an application to obtain the license from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation on behalf of the Nawah Energy Company for the first and second units in 2015, as the authority conducted a systematic review process that included a comprehensive evaluation of the documents attached to the application, and the application Strict control measures, in addition to conducting accurate inspections of the plant during the construction and development phase.
The extensive evaluation process during the past five years included a review of the design of the nuclear plant, a geographical and demographic analysis of its location .. The evaluation process also included a review of the design of the nuclear reactor, cooling and safety systems, security measures, emergency preparedness procedures, radioactive waste management, and other technical aspects .. I also reviewed The authority is the extent of preparedness of “Nawah” company, as the company responsible for operating in terms of the institutional and manpower, and to ensure the availability of all necessary procedures and measures to ensure safety and security standards in the nuclear power plant.
The authority reviewed the 14,000-page license application for the first and second units, conducting more than 220 rigorous inspections, and requested comparable to two thousand additional information for the second unit on various topics including reactor design, safety and security factors, and others, to ensure compliance with all control standards.
On this occasion, Ambassador Hamad Al-Kaabi, the permanent representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, said during the virtual event held by the authority yesterday: Today’s announcement represents a milestone in the UAE’s march and to achieve the vision of the wise leadership, It is considered a strategic achievement that culminates in the efforts exerted over the past 13 years for the stages of the development of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Program, in which the authority played a pivotal role in transforming the vision into a reality.
He added: The Emirates Nuclear Energy Program and its regulatory regulations are in line with the safety standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency and in line with international best practices, as the authority was keen to ensure that they are fully adhered to during the construction process of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant .. The decision to issue a license today is the culmination of the process. Intensive cooperation and work between the various parties concerned at the national and global levels, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Republic of Korea and other international regulatory bodies.
In his speech, he said: In 2008, the government of the United Arab Emirates began laying down the foundations for the UAE’s peaceful nuclear program, and adopting the UAE’s policy for assessing and feasibility of developing a peaceful nuclear energy program in the country, known as the “nuclear policy”.
He added: The government took a wise decision to build and operate a nuclear power plant with the aim of diversifying energy sources, supporting the 2050 energy strategy, and providing 25% of the state’s electric energy needs when operating all units in the Barakah plant .. And in 2009, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation was established to regulate the energy sector. Nuclear, and the application of regulations that protect society and the environment in the country from potential nuclear and radiological hazards .. The same year also witnessed the establishment of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation with the aim of developing and operating the nuclear power plant.
He said: Since 2010, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation has approved the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s request to build four units in the Barakah nuclear power plant project in the Al Dhafra region in Abu Dhabi .. The construction of the first unit was completed in March 2019, and construction of the second unit was completed in July 2020.
He added: On behalf of Nawah Energy Company, in 2015 the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation applied for a license to operate the first and second units of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation issued the operating license for the first unit in February 2020 for a period of 60 years and continued its supervisory duties during the phase The tests conducted to ensure 100 percent electricity generation, at the same time, the Authority continued to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the application for operating licenses for the second unit until early 2021.
He said: We are pleased to announce today the official completion of our work to review the application for the second unit operating license after verifying that Nawah Energy Company meets all the requirements of the regulatory authority regarding the license in accordance with the laws of the United Arab Emirates and the regulations of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, and in line with international best practices. The Board of Directors of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation approved its approval to issue a license to operate the second unit of the nuclear power plant to the “Nawah” Energy Company.
He added that the issuance of this license is the result of extensive work done by the authority in the various stages of reviewing the license application since 2015 to ensure the security and safety of the nuclear plant as well as the protection of society, workers and the environment.
He stressed that it is an important historical moment for the United Arab Emirates, being the first Arab country in the region to run a nuclear power plant, and the efforts made for 13 years to develop such a promising program are crowned by the achievement of this distinguished achievement due to the wise vision of the state and its leadership to build a peaceful nuclear energy program, to ensure Meet their future energy needs.
He stressed that the UAE nuclear energy program, including nuclear laws, regulations and regulatory frameworks, is in line with the safety and security standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency and best international practices, as the authority was keen to adhere to them during the process of building the Barakah nuclear power plant .. The decision comes today. The culmination of years of cooperation and intensive work with the concerned parties at the national and international levels, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Republic of Korea and other international oversight bodies.
He said: In order to ensure compliance with the highest international safety and security standards in the field of nuclear energy and the prohibition of nuclear proliferation, the UAE received over the past decade 11 comprehensive assessment missions from the International Atomic Energy Agency to review and evaluate various aspects of the nuclear infrastructure, the legal and regulatory framework, nuclear safety and safety standards, and the level of State preparedness for emergencies and non-proliferation. The public can view these reports issued by those international missions.
He added: Transparency is also one of the most prominent principles of the nuclear policy that the UAE government has committed to by adhering to international treaties and agreements such as the “Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement” and the Additional Protocol to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement that the country signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Nuclear Safety Agreement and others. Such commitments ensure that the program is designed for peaceful purposes, and with a transparent approach consistent with national and international laws.
At the end of his speech, he praised the efforts of the employees of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, its experts and the concerned authorities for their important role in preparing the program of strict supervision and inspection in terms of supervision and inspection to reach our decision today to issue an operating license for the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.
He stressed that depending on the operation of its nuclear power plants, the United Arab Emirates will remain committed to the highest standards of nuclear safety and security, and the prevention of nuclear proliferation, and will maintain strong and continuous cooperation relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its partners at the national and international levels within our responsible methodology to ensure the security, safety and peace of the nuclear program. .
For her part, Sarah Al-Saadi, Director of Nuclear Security and Acting Director of Nuclear Safety at the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, reviewed the details of the operating license for the second unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant .. and said that following the announcement of the Vice Chairman of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation that the Board of Directors had approved the issuance of the operating license We would like to confirm that FANR has conducted all necessary checks to ensure the nuclear power plant is ready to operate. Under the license, Nawah Energy Company became authorized to operate the second unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant for a period of 60 years.
She emphasized that the issuance of the operating license today is the culmination of the efforts made by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation since it received the request to issue the license from the “Nawah” company in 2015 .. The authority conducted a systematic review process that included a comprehensive evaluation of operating license documents, and the conduct of accurate and strict monitoring and inspection processes. The evaluation included a review of the design of the nuclear plant, and a geographic and demographic analysis of its site. The evaluation process also included reviewing the design of the nuclear reactor, cooling systems, safety measures, emergency preparedness procedures, radioactive waste management, and other technical aspects .. The authority assessed the readiness of Nawah Company, as the company responsible for operating in terms of organization and workforce, with all procedures and measures. Necessary to ensure safety and security standards in a nuclear power plant.
She added: The lengthy evaluation process required reviewing the 14,000-page application for the first and second units, conducting 220 rigorous inspections, and requesting 59 additional information for the second unit on various topics related to reactor design, safety and security factors to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements .. Accordingly, FANR has become fully confident that the operator, Nawah Power Company, is ready to operate the second unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.
She indicated that after issuing the operating license for the second unit, Nawah Energy Company will start the preparations for commercial operation, in which the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation will conduct inspections around the clock, relying on its inspectors residing at the Barakah nuclear power plant, and other inspectors to ensure the completion of the loading operations. Fuels and tests according to regulatory requirements.
It is noteworthy that the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation issued in February 2020 the operating license for the first unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant and continued its supervisory tasks during the preparations for operation, as the first unit reached its capacity of 100%, and it is expected that the commercial operation of the first unit will start in the first quarter of 2021.
Transparency is also considered one of the most prominent principles of nuclear policy that the government of the United Arab Emirates has committed to by adhering to international treaties and agreements such as the “Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement” and the Additional Protocol to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement that the country signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Nuclear Safety Agreement and others .. and guarantees such obligations The program is designed for peaceful purposes, with a transparent approach in line with national and international laws.
It should be noted that the UAE is building four units in the Barakah Peaceful Nuclear Power Plant, and the project completion rate has reached 95% as follows, the first station: is operational, the second station: construction has been completed, the third plant 94%, the fourth plant 88%.

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