The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) of the United Arab Emirates has granted a licence to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) to construct two nuclear power reactor units at the proposed Barakah site, in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.
ENEC will construct two Korea-designed APR1400 pressurised water reactors, each capable of producing 1,400MW of electricity.
The company will not operate the units until it has applied for a separate operating licence, FANR said in a statement.
The approval was based on a review by FANR of ENEC's December 2010 application for a construction licence, and follows previous licences granted by FANR to ENEC for selecting and preparing the site.
William D Travers, FANR director general, said that more than 200 technical experts reviewed the construction licence application over a period of 18 months.
"The reviewers scrutinised submissions by ENEC covering all required topics including the adequacy of the proposed site, the design of the facility, the safety analysis, management systems and quality assurance for construction, radiation safety measures, physical protection and safeguards," Travers said.
"It was designed to ensure that all applicable technical and legal requirements were met."
Under the licence, ENEC can import equipment and technology exclusively for the construction of the nuclear power plant in the UAE, including equipment or technology directly associated with the APR1400 design.
FANR will carry out inspections during the construction process to verify that ENEC conducts the activities in accordance with its regulations and licence conditions.
Image: The FANR Board of Management chairman Ahmed Al Mazrouei approved the licence. Photo: courtesy of The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.