Operation deals inked for Barakah nuclear project

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power will reportedly dispatch up to 400 experts to support Nawah Energy Company with Barakah's operations every year until 2030

ENEC and KHNP have inked two contracts to support Nawah's operations at the UAE's Barakah nuclear power plant. [Representational image]
ENEC and KHNP have inked two contracts to support Nawah's operations at the UAE's Barakah nuclear power plant. [Representational image]

The UAE's Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has inked two operating agreements for the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. 

ENEC's Operating Support Services Agreements (OSSA) have been signed with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP). 

Construction work at the plant's four units is currently 66% complete. 

Under the agreement, KHNP will dispatch experienced and qualified nuclear plant personnel to the Barakah plant, including main control room operators and local operators, to support ENEC’s operating subsidiary, the Nawah Energy Company.

As part of the OSSA's scope to implement safe operations and maintenance of the nuclear energy plants, an estimated 400 KHNP experts will support operations at the Barakah site every year until 2030, state agency WAM reported.

These KHNP experts have to pass regulatory exams and obtain licenses to operate and maintain the four nuclear units, which comprise APR-1400 technology. 

The tests will be implemented in line with the regulations of Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). 

Remarking on the agreements, Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC, said: "The OSSA provides the framework for KHNP to share its knowledge that it has accumulated throughout its 40 years of experience of operating 25 nuclear power plants in South Korea, with ENEC.

"We are entering a crucial phase in the development of the Barakah plant, and we are looking forward to working with the experts from KHNP to ensure the operational readiness of the Barakah plant," Al Hammadi continued.

"Over the next decade and beyond, the agreement will continue to build on and enhance the existing long-term nuclear energy partnership between the UAE and South Korea." 

Construction of the Barakah plant commenced in 2012, and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

With four reactors online, the facility will deliver up to a quarter of the UAE’s electricity needs and save up to 12 million tons in carbon emissions every year, the report stated. 


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