FANR: Barakah Nuclear Plant grid connection a 'historic milestone'
FANR has also been continuously verifying the emergency preparedness and response system at the plant
The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant’s Unit 1 was connected to the UAE’s grid earlier this week, and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has called the step another ‘historic milestone’ for the UAE Nuclear Energy Programme.
In a statement FANR said: "Since issuing the Operating Licence in February 2020 for Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, FANR has continued its regulatory oversight: starting with fuel loading, testing, including the first criticality phase until connecting the unit to the UAE national electricity transmission grid to produce electricity.”
According to FANR, Nawah Energy Company, the operator of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has met all regulatory requirements to initiate the phase. It added that the milestone comes after extensive supervision, including conducting regular inspection to ensure the safety and security of the nuclear power plant.
"The connection of Unit 1 to the grid follows the successful completion of numerous safety tests conducted after the start-up of the plant, and with the continued oversight of FANR. Nawah will begin the process of gradually raising the power levels in Unit 1, known as Power Ascension Testing, PAT.
"Throughout the PAT, Unit 1’s systems are continuously monitored and tested as the unit proceeds towards full electricity production in line with all regulatory requirements and the highest international standards of safety and security,” the statement added.
FANR has deployed its resident inspectors as well as other inspectors to oversee the fuel loading and the testing processes at the Arab world’s first nuclear plant, the state-held Emirates News Agency (Wam) reported.
In addition, FANR has also been continuously verifying the emergency preparedness and response system as well as monitoring the environment through independent monitoring stations around the nuclear power plant and its Environmental Laboratory.
"Following the grid connection phase, FANR will continue conducting its regulatory oversight and inspection during this phase, and subsequent phases including full commercial operation to ensure the safety and security of the nuclear power plant as part of its mission to protect the public, workers, and environment," it said.