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UAE: Nuclear operations at Barakah Unit 1 schedule revised for operator training

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Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the operator of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi has entered the next phase of preparation for nuclear operations.


With construction of Unit 1 recently completed by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Joint Venture partner, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Nawah has completed a comprehensive operational readiness review to generate an updated schedule for the start-up of the first peaceful nuclear energy reactor in the Arab world.

The results of Nawah’s review forecast that the loading of nuclear fuel assemblies required to commence nuclear operations at Barakah Unit 1 will occur between the end of 2019 and early 2020.

The schedule review was carried out in strict accordance with the principles of a healthy nuclear safety culture, which requires conservative decision-making to support nuclear safety.

Consequently, the resulting projection for the start-up of Unit 1 operations reflects the time required for the Plant’s nuclear operators to complete operational readiness activities and to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, all of which are all designed to ensure safe, sustainable nuclear operations after start-up.

The review, which was led by Nawah’s team of nuclear experts, as well as the participation of ENEC, and international nuclear experts, reflects a conservative approach intended to ensure that the highest standards of nuclear quality, safety and security are, firmly established as the foundation for future nuclear operations in the UAE.

Only after all preparations for nuclear operations are successfully completed and Nawah has received an Operating License for Unit 1 from FANR, will operators begin to load nuclear fuel assemblies and initiate operations.


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