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Regulator reviews construction oversight at UAE nuclear plant

Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant will generate approximately a quarter of the UAE's electricity needs

Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi.
Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi.

Top brass at the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) have met to review construction and commissioning oversight for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.

FANR's management board met this week to explore how it could step up efforts to support supervision of the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy project in Abu Dhabi.

Recommendations made by the International Advisory Group (IAG) on the "oversight of the construction and commissioning" of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant were discussed, Emirates News Agency said in a statement. 

READ: Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant records key milestone

FANR's board discussed what steps had to made to transition the under-construction energy plant to full operational readiness in 2020.

The status of more than 20 memorandum of understandings between the nuclear plant and various government organisations, foreign nuclear safety regulators, and research bodies was also discussed. So too was the number of site inspections expected at Barakah this year.

Reports on the discussions that took place at FANR's management meeting came days after a list of recommendations from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was passed to Barakah executives.

IAEA inspectors were at Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant on an eight-day assessment of the facility and commended the progress of the plant, although they admitted ""some work remains to be done".

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