Emirates Steel ships first nuclear grade steel
Firm delivers first UAE nuclear grade steel shipment to ENEC
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The first cargo of UAE-produced nuclear grade reinforcing steel has been delivered to ENEC’s (Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation) nuclear power plant site in Barakah by Emirates Steel.
To mark this occasion in what is UAE’s construction of its first peaceful nuclear programme, a delegation headed by the CEO of Emirates Steel, Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi, was welcomed by the CEO of ENEC, Mohamed Al Hammad.
Emirates Steel gained an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) certification to produce nuclear-qualified reinforcing rebar. It has delivered 45,000 tons of rebar - of which 5,000 tons is nuclear-grade - to Barakah.
"The shipment is the result of a two-year collaboration between ENEC’s industrial development team and Emirates Steel, which is the only steel producer in the MENA region licensed to supply Q-class (nuclear quality) steel.
“It took us more than two years to make the grade and to implement a nuclear quality system that would allow us to manufacture and supply nuclear quality products to the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program,” said Eng Al Romaithi.
ENEC’s industrial development team, in collaboration with KEPCO and UAE companies, are striving to adhere to strict quality and technical standards to tender for contracts to the nuclear program, with more than $1bn awarded to 200 companies to supply utilities to the program.
Al Hammadi said: “There is no greater priority than safety. To ensure the highest standards of safety in all aspects of our operations, every product and every component must be of the highest quality standards.
“In order to achieve this, every supplier is subject to an extensive evaluation and assessment,” he added.
The nuclear-grade steel was produced at Emirates Steel’s $3 billion steel complex and was independently tested by ERICO International Corporation.
Al Romaithi added: “Public safety in nuclear power generation is the main concern of every operator and this is one reason why Emirates Steel adheres to every nuclear energy standard in production, safety, testing, inspections, and control of measurement devices.
“We are confident that our products conform to established safety standards.”