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Nawah granted operating licence for Barakah Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1

FANR has authorised Nawah to commission and operate Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant located in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi

Nawah granted operating licence for Barakah Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1
Arun Girija / ENEC
Nawah granted operating licence for Barakah Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1

The UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), has granted Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) the operating licence for Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, making the UAE the first country in the Arab region to operate a nuclear power plant.

FANR has also authorised Nawah to commission and operate Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant located in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi, under a 60-year licence.

The nuclear regulator received a 14,000-page operating licence application from ENEC, on behalf of Nawah, in 2015. FANR revealed that it followed a systematic review process that included a thorough assessment of the application documentation, conducting robust regulatory oversight and more than 185 inspections with requests for approximately 2,000 additional pieces of information on matters related to reactor design and safety, among others.

The assessment included reviewing the plant’s layout design and the analysis of the site’s location in terms of geography and demography.

It also included reviewing the reactor design, cooling systems, security arrangements, emergency preparedness, radioactive waste management, and other technical aspects.

FANR also assessed Nawah’s organisational and manpower readiness with all the required processes and procedures to ensure the safety and security of nuclear power plant.

Nawah is the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s subsidiary responsible for operation of the nuclear power plant.

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