Nuclear forum delegates tour UAE site
Abu Dhabi, November 10, 2013
Delegates set to attend a nuclear conference in Abu Dhabi toured Barakah, the selected site of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme.
The group, composed of government officials, nuclear energy leaders and experts from around the globe gained insight of the ongoing construction work of the side, where UAE’s first two nuclear energy plants are under construction.
The site tour was organised by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), the company developing the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme, on the occasion of the inaugural New Nuclear International Conference, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, which runs from November 11 to 14.
The programme of the visit included different locations of the project such as the Rebar Fabrication Workshop, the site concrete plant, the marine work, units 1 and 2, and the main control room simulator.
“The aim of arranging the visit is to the strengthen relations and to educate the international community of the level of efficiently of this national project. This is a chance where we can explain why the project is a ‘gold standard’ for other responsible nations considering engaging nuclear new build programs,” said George Vanderheyden, chief nuclear officer.
“The UAE government and Enec are insisting on following the highest standards of safety and quality in every step of the project which makes the project an example that should be replicated,” he said.
ENEC recently completed the fabrication and installation of the Containment Liner Plate (CLP in the reactor building in Barakah Unit 1, which will commence operations in 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.
Barakah Unit 2 is also well under way and will take five years to construct, with the plant scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2018, pending regulatory approval.
Enec will apply for an operating license for units 1 and 2 in 2015. With four plants operational by 2020, nuclear energy will deliver up to a quarter of the UAE’s electricity needs, while saving up to 12 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. - TradeArabia News Service