UAE issues operating licence for Arab world's first nuclear plantChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 17, 2020
The United Arab Emirates has issued an operating licence for the first reactor at the Arab world’s first nuclear power plant, a senior official from the nuclear regulator said today.
Nuclear energy in the Middle East Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi
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The licence granted to the plant’s operator Nawah Energy Company will be for 60 years, Hamad al-Kaabi, deputy chairman of Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) told a news conference.
Nawah can now start preparing for commercial operations as trials will last for a few months, Kaabi said.
When completed Barakah will have four reactors with a total capacity of 5,600 megawatts (MW).
“Today marks a new chapter in our journey for the development of peaceful nuclear energy with the issuing of the operating license for the first (unit of) Barakah plant,” Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed wrote on his official twitter account.
Kaabi said that construction of the second reactor was “95% finished” and that FANR has started looking into an operating license for it. ■