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Barakah operator Nawah signs 10-year deal with EDF in Abu Dhabi

The Franco-Emirati deal will see EDF deliver a range of services for the Arab world's first nuclear energy plant

The Franco-Emirati deal between EDF and Nawah focuses on Abu Dhabi's Barakah project, the Arab world's first nuclear energy plant [image: Wam].
The Franco-Emirati deal between EDF and Nawah focuses on Abu Dhabi's Barakah project, the Arab world's first nuclear energy plant [image: Wam].

French firm EDF is to provide a range of services to support Nawah Energy Company in operating and maintaining Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi, which is the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab world.

Under a 10-year framework agreement between EDF and Nawah, a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), EDF will provide Nawah with services in a number of areas including operational safety, radiation protection, fuel-cycle management, and environmental monitoring. 

EDF Group will offer expertise in the form of engineering studies, on-site support, training, and benchmarking sessions, among other areas. These services may involve the entire EDF Group, including Framatome, as well as some of EDF’s legacy partners.

Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is currently preparing for operations of the first of its four 1,400-megawatt units. 

READ: The Emirati engineers behind the UAE's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant

Nawah chief executive officer, Mark Reddemann, added: “Nawah is delighted about this partnership and we are looking forward not only to bringing on board the expertise of EDF, but more importantly, we look forward to working closely with the team to ensure safe and secure start-up of Unit 1 at Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.”

The Barakah plant is now more than 90% complete. In November 2018, its developer, Enec, said the completion of all concrete works and heavy equipment lifting for Barakah’s four nuclear reactor units was “a historic milestone” for the clean energy project. 

SITE VISIT: Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, UAE

Dominique Minière, EDF’s senior executive vice president in charge of nuclear and thermal fleet, said: “With this agreement, EDF will be strengthening its position in the UAE’s low-carbon energy sector, thereby reasserting the goal of its Cap 2030 strategy which is to triple its business volumes outside of Europe by 2030.”

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