UAE's FANR certifies 15 Enec nuclear operators for Barakah NEP

The certification ensures competence to operate a nuclear plant and is a key requirement for receiving operating licences

Barakah NEP is being built in Abu Dhabi.
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Barakah NEP is being built in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE’s nuclear regulator has certified the first batch of nuclear reactor operators at Nawah Energy Company – the operations and maintenance subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation – in what is a major milestone in the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme.

The group is the first of 15 UAE national senior reactor operators (SROs) and reactor operators (ROs) at Nawah.

The UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) said the certification ensures competence to operate a nuclear energy plant, adding the approval was a “key requirement for future receipt of the operating license” for Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant (Barakah NEP).   

FANR is currently in the final stages of reviewing the operating license application for Unit 1 of Barakah NEP. 

The federal authority's ‘Regulation for the Certification of Operating Personnel at Nuclear Facilities’ dictates the requirements for the training and qualification of SROs and ROs.

An RO is responsible for operating and managing a nuclear energy plant’s main control room, while an SRO supervises the ROs and field operators to ensure adherence to high standards of nuclear safety.

“Today is an important milestone for Nawah as we continue with our operational readiness programme, in advance of the fuel load of the first unit of the Barakah plant,” said Mark Redderman, chief executive of Nawah.

“The training and education that the operators have received is of the highest international standard, and supports our objectives of ensuring a world-class safety- and quality-led approach towards operations at Barakah.”

Comprising four APR1400 nuclear reactors, construction on Barakah NEP’s Unit 1 began in 2012 and was completed in 2018.

Unit 1 will see operational commencement between the end of 2019 and early 2020, pending regulatory approval, as announced by Nawah last month.

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