Nuclear Control issues a license to operate the third unit of the Barakah plant

Abu Dhabi: Imad Eddin Khalil

The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority, the regulatory body responsible for regulating the nuclear sector in the UAE, announced on Friday the issuance of a license to operate the third unit of the Barakah nuclear power plant for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation Nawah Energy Company. , which in turn is responsible for the operation of the plant located in the Al Dhafra region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Under the license, Nawah Energy Company is authorized to operate the third unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant for the next 60 years.
The issuance of the operating license comes as a culmination of efforts made by the authority since it received an application for a license from Nawah for the third and fourth units in 2017.
The Authority conducted a systematic review process for the issuance of operating licenses for the third unit after the issuance of operating licenses for the first and second units, which included a thorough evaluation of the documents attached to the application, the application of strict control. measures, in addition to conducting complete inspections of the station.
The assessment process included a review of the nuclear power plant design, a geographical and demographic analysis of its location with a review of the nuclear reactor design, cooling and safety systems, safety measures, emergency preparedness procedures, radioactive waste management and other technical. aspects as well as Nawah’s readiness as an operating company in terms of institutional functioning and strength and ensuring that all necessary procedures and measures are in place to ensure safety and safety standards at the nuclear power plant.
The authority reviewed the 14,000-page license application for the third and fourth units, and conducted more than 120 inspections and requested additional information for the third unit on a variety of topics, including reactor design, safety and security factors, and other to ensure compliance with all regulatory standards.
On this occasion, Hamad Ali Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority, said: “Today’s announcement represents an important milestone in the journey. of the United Arab Emirates. , being the first Arab country to operate a nuclear power plant, which is a culmination of the efforts made.During the 14 years in building its nuclear energy program, this achievement was achieved thanks to the vision and leadership of the UAE for build a peaceful nuclear energy program to meet the country’s future energy needs. ”
He added: “The UAE nuclear energy program, including nuclear law and regulatory regulations, is in line with safety standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency and in line with international best practices. “Today is the culmination of a process of cooperation and intensive work between various stakeholders at the national and international levels, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Republic of Korea and other international regulatory bodies.”
Following the issuance of the operating license for the third unit, Nawah Energy Company will begin the period of preparations for the commercial operation, during which FANR will conduct full-time inspections, relying on its inspectors residing at the Nuclear Power Plant. in Barakah, and sending other inspectors to ensure that loading and fuel tests are carried out in accordance with the requirements.supervision.
Christer Viktorsen, General Director of FANR, said: “FANR has played a vital role in overseeing the construction and development of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant since 2009, especially after we received an application for a license to operate the third and fourth units. in 2017. We have conducted extensive reviews and inspections to ensure that the plant complies with all regulatory requirements and operates to the highest levels of safety. taking the necessary steps to implement control measures and conducting the necessary inspections to ensure that the plant operates in accordance with safety standards.
To ensure compliance with the highest international safety and security standards in the field of nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation, the UAE has undertaken over the last decade 11 comprehensive assessment missions from the International Atomic Energy Agency to review and evaluate various aspects of nuclear infrastructure, legal and regulatory framework, nuclear safety and security standards, nuclear non-proliferation and level of nuclear safety and security. State readiness for emergency situations. The public can view these reports issued by those international missions.
Total licenses issued by the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority in favor of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant over 13 years amounted to 9 licenses, the first of which was in March 2010. The Authority issued a license to select the site for the construction of the plants nuclear power plant, followed by a site preparation license for the construction of nuclear power plants, in July 2010, According to a report issued by the authority on Friday, entitled “Facts and Figures”, operate the third Barakah reactor unit.
The report showed that in July 2012, the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority witnessed the issuance of a license for the construction of the first and second units of the Barakah nuclear power plant, while the construction permit for the third and fourth units of the Barakah plant and similar regulatory activities were published in July 2014.
In January 2017, FANR issued a license for the treatment and storage of nuclear fuel, while February 2020 recorded the issuance of the license to operate the first unit of the Barakah nuclear power plant for a period of up to 60 years.
In March 2021, the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority issued the license to operate the second unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant for a period of up to 60 years, and on June 17, 2022, it was announced that the license to operate the unit had been issued. third of the Barakah nuclear power plant for a period of up to 60 years.The authority also announced that it would issue a license to shut down the reactor and dismantle the nuclear facility by 2080.
In its report, the authority reviewed the details of applying for a license to operate the third unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, noting that in 2017, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation submitted a license application to operate its units. third and fourth. of the Barakah plant to the authority, where the authority carried out the assessments to apply for a license for the third unit After the issuance of operating licenses for the first and second unit.
The “Facts and Figures” report showed that the authority conducted more than 120 inspections and requested additional information for the third unit as part of the 14,000-page application review (third and fourth units), while the license evaluation process the application was carried out by a team consisting of 70% Emirates specialized experts in nuclear energy.
The Authority also reviewed the operating license, which included the following components: plant design scheme, plant location (geographical and demographic characteristics), reactor design (fuel, control and cooling systems), safety systems, waste management radioactive, physical protection, non-proliferation, emergency preparedness and response system, regulatory preparedness, dismantling and decommissioning plan, capacity building.
The report noted that the authority undertook 11 international review missions under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency. These missions included nuclear infrastructure, legal and regulatory regulations, nuclear safety, nuclear safety, non-proliferation, and emergency preparedness.
The report noted that the UAE has signed more than 13 international agreements and treaties, including: the International Atomic Energy Agency Comprehensive Defense Agreement, the Additional Protocol to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
peaceful nuclear program.
The report provided an overview of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear program, noting that in 2008 the UAE issued the document “UAE Policy on the Evaluation and Possibility of Developing a Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program in the State “. The document focused on six main points: full operational transparency, compliance with the highest standards of nuclear non-proliferation, consolidation of the highest standards of safety and security, direct coordination with the International Atomic Energy Agency and compliance with its standards, building strong partnerships. with responsible countries and experienced institutions, ensuring the long-term sustainability of nuclear energy.
Suhail Al Mazrouei: An achievement that embodies the vision of rational leadership

Suhail bin Muhammad Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, confirmed that the granting of the license to operate the third unit of the Barakah Pacific Nuclear Power Plant is a new achievement added to the list of achievements of the United Arab Emirates in this field. diversification of energy sources, in terms of the ability to provide a large part of its electricity needs from carbon-free sources.
In statements on the occasion, he said that Barakah Station embodies the vision of the rational leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the State, God bless him, and his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. , The Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Dubai, and their Highness The Sheikhs Members of the Supreme Federal Council, rulers of the Emirates, adopt a sustainable development that is in line with the goals of the future and the fifty principles. (wam)

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