As part of its virtual meeting, the board of management of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), collectively reviewed the progress and latest updates on the four units of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.
The members of the board also reviewed the performance of the authority in accordance with the 2020 Operational Plan as well as the progress in implementing several initiatives planned during this year.
It also discussed FANR’s regulatory programme for Unit 1 following its connection to the national electricity transmission grid of the UAE to produce electricity.
Additionally, the board reviewed the latest updates on Unit 2 of the plant, construction of which was completed in July 2020, with the unit being handed to Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (ENEC) operating and maintenance subsidiary, to complete the operational readiness preparations, testing, regulatory inspections, and international assessments.
FANR has been conducting regular inspection, using its resident inspectors at Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, and has been deploying other inspectors to ensure it meets the regulatory requirements.
During the meeting, the members of the board also signing of two agreements. The first one with the UAE’s Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority to protect nuclear material and nuclear facilities.
Whilst the second agreement being signed with the US’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission to exchange information on regulatory matters related to the safety, security, and protection as well as environmental impact of nuclear facilities.
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