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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - NUCLEAR ENERGY

UAE's first nuclear power station scheduled to start in 2017

Posted on 22/12/2010

Work on the UAE's nuclear power stations in Baraka on the Abu Dhabi coast has progressed well in the one year since the contract was awarded, The first unit is on schedule to come on line on May 1, 2017, according to Lee Hee-yong, Senior Vice President responsible for Korean Electric Power Corporation's (Kepco) UAE Nuclear Project Division. The US$20.4 billion (Dh74.9 billion) order for four units is Kepco's first contract outside Korea, and the company hopes that other states around the ...  >>MORE

UAE brings into force additional protocol to safeguards agreement with the IAEA

Posted on 21/12/2010

Vienna - UAE yesterday brought into force the additional protocol to the Safeguards agreement concluded between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ambassador Hamad AlKaabi, UAE's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, notified the Agency yesterday that the constitutional and statutory requirements for entry into force of the protocol, which was signed in April 8th 2009, have been completed. "Ratification of the ...  >>MORE

Close cooperation between UAE, IAEA on safe, secure nuclear energy programme

Posted on 04/12/2010

Vienna - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is working closely with the United Arab Emirates on the establishment of a safe and secure nuclear programme, according to the Agency's Director General Yukiya Amano. Amano told WAM that a number of technical cooperation programmes were also in the pipeline whereby, the IAEA will help the UAE in developing a national nuclear energy infrastructure for power generation. "The UAE and IAEA are also cooperating to set up a strategic ...  >>MORE

UAE, UK sign nuclear cooperation agreement

Posted on 26/11/2010

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK) have signed a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom William Hague have signed the agreement at a ceremony at the Emirates Palace hotel, Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Abdullah and Hague have also signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on consular matters and on mutual exemption of visa for holders of ...  >>MORE

Dubai to power ahead on peaceful nuclear energy

Posted on 11/11/2010

Dubai plans a long-term strategy to focus on peaceful nuclear energy and clean coal to meet the emirate's future power demand, a senior official of the emirate's top energy planning body said. Dubai will meet 20 per cent of energy needs from nuclear energy and another 20 per cent from clean coal, Saeed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Energy Council, said on Wednesday at the launch of Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011. The Government of Dubai said in June it aimed to diversify ...  >>MORE

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation joins World Association of Nuclear Operators

Posted on 26/10/2010

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has joined the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), which unites the world's commercial nuclear power plants to achieve the highest possible safety standards. "Nuclear safety is the foundation upon which our entire programme has been built and we are honoured to become part of the WANO community," said Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC's Chief Executive Officer. "Through WANO, we will have access to companies with decades of safe operating ...  >>MORE

UAE a partner in development of IAEA: says UAE Permanent Representative to IAEA

Posted on 29/09/2010

Vienna - UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) Ambassador Hamad Ali Al Ka'abi said that the UAE has been significantly contributing to the development efforts of the peaceful nuclear energy programme. Hamad told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in a statement that the "selection of the UAE to the board of governors of the IAEA for 2010-2012, reflects care of the UAE to work of the IAEA and the issues tackled by the board". He underscored that the UAE has ...  >>MORE

UAE elected member of IAEA board


Posted on 26/09/2010

Vienna - The UAE was chosen here on Thursday a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The board includes 3 5 countries from the Middle East and South Asia. The UAE's Permanent Representative to the IAEA, Hamad Ali Al Ka'abi, described the selection of the country to the Board of Governors, which includes Jordan, as a significant step and a great opportunity to play a role in decision-making in the global forum to help the Agency achieve its goals and ...  >>MORE

Safety, security and nuclear non-proliferation are main pillars of UAE peaceful nuclear energy program, Dr. Anwar Gargash

Posted on 22/09/2010

Vienna - The United Arab Emirates is developing its peaceful nuclear energy program to address the increasing domestic demand in electricity. The decision to commence this program was based on an extensive assessments of all available alternatives, in terms of economic, environmental feasibility, sustainability, and its contribution to economic diversity. "UAE decision to embark on this program took into account all associated regional and international obligations, with the assurance of ...  >>MORE

Kazakhstan and UAE to cooperate in nuclear energy

Posted on 02/09/2010

Kazakhstan and the UAE have started cooperation in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, Askar Mussinov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan said at a media briefing on Tuesday evening. The UAE has also fully backed Kazakhstan's efforts in international arena for a nuclear weapons free world, he said. "The discussions on cooperation in nuclear energy are in initial stage and we expect more progress in future," he said. Mussinov made a presentation on the steps taken by Kazakhstan both before and ...  >>MORE

No fossil fuel problems for UAE's nuclear project

Posted on 26/08/2010

Nuclear power is making a comeback. And despite a decades-old debate over its environmental impact, the advocates of nuclear power seem to be winning. In February, the US president, Barack Obama, unveiled US$8 billion (Dh29.4bn) in loan guarantees to break ground on the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the US in 30 years, saying the country had to move past "the same old debates between Left and Right, between environmentalists and entrepreneurs”. Mr Obama said the plant would ...  >>MORE

Nuclear link just the latest in UAE-South Korea ties

Posted on 25/08/2010

Beijing - The Dh75 billion agreement for a South Korean-led consortium to build four nuclear power plants in the UAE may have grabbed the headlines, but the relationship between the countries is strengthening in myriad ways aside from energy. Multiple industrial sectors, ranging from defence to health care and human resources, are seeing new tie-ups between the countries, while educational and cultural links are being forged to augment economic ties. Even before the consortium headed by the ...  >>MORE

FANR signs cooperation arrangement with NRC

Posted on 24/08/2010

Washington D.C. - United Arab Emirates' Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of the United States have signed a Cooperation Arrangement for the exchange of technical information and cooperation in nuclear safety, security, and safeguards matters at the NRC's headquarters in Washington, D.C. This Arrangement was made within the framework of the bilateral nuclear cooperation (123) agreement between the Governments of the United Arab ...  >>MORE

UAE set nuclear precedent of ‘gold standards’

Posted on 23/08/2010

The UAE has set a precedent with the ‘peaceful by design' cornerstone to its fledgling nuclear energy programme, and in doing so has won the economically essential promise of US co-operation. Sean McLain investigates what this means for other countries in the Middle East When the nuclear reactor in Braka begins generating electricity sometime in 2017, the UAE will not only be the first Arab nation to produce nuclear energy. It will also have the first nuclear programme in the world that is ...  >>MORE

Work begins on our nuclear future

Posted on 22/08/2010

Braka - The rows of rustic shacks have been emptied and the glistening white beach is silent, with barely a footprint in the sand. On the horizon an oil rig plumbs the depths of the Gulf, while a surveyor in a dune buggy drives along the water's edge. A huge power plant is coming to this picturesque spot on the far western coastline of Abu Dhabi, the surveyor says, and his job is to map every contour of the land. Less than one kilometre away, scores of trailers have been installed, part of ...  >>MORE

FANR website goes live

Posted on 12/07/2010

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has launched its official website (http://www.fanr.gov.ae) in a bid to keep members of the public informed about FANR in its role as the UAE's independent nuclear regulatory authority. The website includes information about FANR's scope of work and activities. FANR latest news and events are also included on the website. The website offers information about the UAE ...  >>MORE

ENEC welcomes license approvals for work at Braka, preferred site for UAE nuclear power plants

Posted on 12/07/2010

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation said yesterday that it welcomed the receipt of two licenses from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation for work related to Braka, its preferred site for the UAE's first nuclear power plants. "We're pleased to have received the two approvals from our regulator," said Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC's Chief Executive Officer. "This is an important milestone for ENEC on our road to producing safe nuclear power to fuel the growth of the United Arab ...  >>MORE

FANR issues two licences to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Posted on 11/07/2010

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE's independent regulator for the nuclear sector, has issued two licences to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). The issued Licences are titled: "Licence for Preparation of a Site for the Construction of a Nuclear Facility" and "Limited Licence for the Construction of a Nuclear Facility". The Site Preparation Licence provides FANR's authorization to ENEC to conduct site preparation activities at the Baraka site, such as ...  >>MORE

Energy Minister opens GICNT Plenary Meeting

Posted on 30/06/2010

UAE Minister of Energy Mohammed Bin Dhaen Al Hameli opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi the 2010 Plenary Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT). Partner nations and official observers in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) are attending the senior-level meeting, hosted by the Government of United Arab Emirates and co-chaired by the United States and Russian Federation. The Meeting will serve to strengthen the commitment and resolve of the GICNT ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed: UAE supports the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy as a right of every state party to NPT

Posted on 05/05/2010

New York - Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed stressed yesterday that UAE supports the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy as a right of every state party to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty. However he emphasised that the development of peaceful nuclear energy should be conducted in a responsible manner. Sheikh Abdullah, who heads the UAE delegation to New York, was addressing The General Debate of the 2010 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation ...  >>MORE

UAE, Korea conclude deal for training on nuclear power industries

Posted on 04/05/2010

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director General of Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Jun Yeon Byun, Vice President Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), signed yesterday an agreement for a four-week summer training programme in the Higher Technology College of Electrical Sciences. Under the agreement, ENEC and KEPCO will coordinate a trip of the first batch of IAT students to get on-job training ...  >>MORE

FANR draft regulations open for public review and comment

Posted on 27/04/2010

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE's independent regulator for the nuclear sector, seeks public comments on two draft regulations. The regulations in question are the Application of Probabilistic Risk Assessment at Nuclear Facilities, which supports the safety of construction and operation of nuclear facilities in the UAE, and Radiation Dose Limits, which addresses acceptable dose limits for radiation protection. FANR will send these regulations to various local and ...  >>MORE

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation files license applications and environmental assessment for UAE Civil Nuclear Power Program

Posted on 23/04/2010

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced yesterday that it has filed two license applications and an environmental assessment related to preliminary work at ENEC's preferred site for the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear power plants. The preferred site is located at Braka in the Western Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the Arabian Gulf, approximately 53 kilometers west-southwest of the city of Ruwais. ENEC emphasized that the final approval of the proposed site ...  >>MORE

Norwegian Minister confirms importance of UAE peaceful nuclear energy

Posted on 14/04/2010

Oslo - Deputy Petroleum and Energy Minister of Norway, Robin Kass has assured his country's desire to establish joint strategic projects with UAE in the field of renewable energy, development of oil and gas industry to achieve sustainable development. In an interview in Oslo on the occasion of the visit of Crown Prince of Norway to UAE, he said that UAE has taken a very important step when it decided to generate electricity through nuclear power to provide clean and less costly sources to ...  >>MORE

Nuclear Hyundai, Samsung awarded US$5.59b UAE nuclear contract

Posted on 30/03/2010

A US$5.59-billion (Dh20.6 billion) contract has been awarded to Hyundai Engineering and Construction and Samsung C&T for the construction of the UAE's first nuclear power plants. In a filing published on the Korea Stock Exchange website, Hyundai said it was awarded 55 per cent of the contract with the remainder going to Samsung. The contract was awarded by the Korea Electric Power Company (Kepco), the winner of the UAE's US$20.4-billion contract announced in December. According to the ...  >>MORE

Plans announced for Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/03/2010

Organisations from the United Arab Emirates and the United States yesterday formally agreed to establish the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) in Abu Dhabi, an educational institution that will provide classroom instruction and hands-on experience in nuclear energy safety, security, safeguards and non-proliferation for the UAE's civil nuclear energy program. The agreement was signed by representatives from the organisations during the International Atomic Energy Agency's ...  >>MORE

UAE nuclear industry working together to meet human resource needs

Posted on 17/03/2010

At a conference hosted by the Government of Abu Dhabi of the International Atomic Energy Agency, representatives of the UAE nuclear industry communicated their strategy and plans to address human resource and capacity development for the UAE's civil nuclear program. The International Conference on Human Resource Development for Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes, which opened on Monday, has welcomed some 300 international delegates to Abu Dhabi, with the support of Emirates ...  >>MORE

UAE believes in responsible use of nuclear power: Abdullah

Posted on 09/03/2010

Paris - The United Arab Emirates' interest in developing nuclear energy is motivated by the need to develop additional sources of electricity to meet future demand projections and to ensure the continued rapid development of its economy, UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan affirmed here yesterday. "Analysis conducted by official UAE entities has concluded that national annual peak demand for electricity is likely to triple by 2020, reflecting a cumulative annual ...  >>MORE

FANR issues first licence to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Posted on 08/03/2010

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE's independent regulator for the nuclear sector, has issued the first licence to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). This licence authorises ENEC to study potential sites to assess their suitability for the location of nuclear power plants. The license was approved by FANR's Board of Management, the highest decision-making body in the Authority, following FANR's review of the application submitted by ENEC. Dr. William ...  >>MORE

US nuclear supplier companies complete trade mission to the United Arab Emirates

Posted on 26/02/2010

A 50-member U.S. delegation yesterday ended its trade mission to the United Arab Emirates, after exploring opportunities in the U.A.E.'s peaceful, civilian nuclear energy program. The trade mission was co-sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, and certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service. The trip included briefings from Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the U.A.E.'s Nuclear Energy Program Implementation ...  >>MORE

UAE-US sign further MoU Concerning Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy

Posted on 25/02/2010

UAE Minister of State for Foreign affairs, H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash, and the US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, signed an implementation arrangement between UAE Foreign Ministry and US Department of Energy concerning information exchange and cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy on February 24, 2009 in Abu Dhabi. The Implementing arrangement establishes a framework via which US Department of Energy through its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) would cooperate and ...  >>MORE

UAE government establishes International Advisory Board to support UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program

Posted on 23/02/2010

In keeping with its commitments, as described in the "Policy of the United Arab Emirates on the Evaluation and Potential Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy" the Ministry of Presidential Affairs yesterday announced the establishment of an International Advisory Board (IAB). The IAB will provide the UAE nuclear program with the benefit of the expertise and knowledge of a highly select group of internationally recognised experts in the fields of peaceful nuclear energy. The board benefits ...  >>MORE

Nuclear Energy Trade Mission to visit UAE

Posted on 19/02/2010

A 50-member delegation departs this weekend for the United Arab Emirates on a civilian nuclear energy trade mission sponsored and led by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, and certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service. The group represents 40 US companies that could provide products and services to the U.A.E.'s nuclear program. These companies are involved in manufacturing, services, logistics, engineering, and consulting. ...  >>MORE

UAE ‘meets nuclear gold standard’

Posted on 14/02/2010

The UAE's civil nuclear energy programme is being developed to "global gold standards” and could be a model for other nations, according to a leading figure in the nuclear arms reduction movement. Gareth Evans, a co-chairman of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and a former Australian foreign minister, spoke as he was visiting Abu Dhabi for a meeting with high-level government and industry officials. – The National ...  >>MORE

UAE plans to ensure security and safety at nuclear facilities

Posted on 13/01/2010

The UAE lends special care to security and safety and proactive preparedness to any emergency and crisis before they erupt, according to Director General of National Emergency '&' Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) Mohammed Khalfan Al-Rumaithy 'The UAE under directives from its wise leadership is drawing strategic plans and introducing early warning systems for prevention and reduction of risks at time of crises,' he said in a statement on the sideline of the 2nd Crisis and Emergency ...  >>MORE

Nuclear programme will clean up the skies

Posted on 12/01/2010

Abu Dhabi's decision to turn to nuclear power will in 10 years cut the country's carbon emissions by 32 million tonnes a year, equivalent to the total carbon footprint of Bahrain, new Government figures show. If all four nuclear reactors are operating by 2020 as planned the UAE's carbon emissions will be lowered significantly as the country reduces its dependence ever larger quantities of fossil fuels, according to an internal study by the Abu Dhabi Government. In 2008, the latest year for ...  >>MORE

UAE's nuclear project will save its oil wealth

Posted on 30/12/2009

A landmark plan by the UAE to build its first nuclear facilities for power generation will allow it to save its oil wealth, boost crude exports and cut electricity costs in the long term, said analysts. The UAE, which controls the world's fifth largest oil and gas wealth, crowned such a plan on Sunday with the singing of an historic Dh75 billion contract with South Korean and US companies led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) to design, build and help operate and maintain four civil ...  >>MORE

After oil, now welcome to the nuclear family

Posted on 29/12/2009

With the announcement that the Government and nuclear authorities have chosen the South Korean consortium led by Kepco to build and operate the UAE's nuclear programme, this nation has fully entered the nuclear age, reported a local daily. The Abu Dhabi-based English language newspaper "The National" in its report titled "After oil, now welcome to the nuclear family" has said that Fifty years after oil was first found in Abu Dhabi, profoundly changing its economy and placing it firmly on the ...  >>MORE

UAE papers laud contract to build nuclear plants

Posted on 29/12/2009

UAE papers have much-admired UAE's decision to award a multibillion-dollar contract for building civilian nuclear reactors to South Korea declaring it an important benchmark. Costing a staggering $20 billion, it is one of the biggest ever energy contracts in the world. With the establishment of four nuclear reactors, the country will stand proudly on the map of the world's leading nuclear-powered nations, commented Dubai-based English language "Khaleej Times" in its editorial yesterday "UAE ...  >>MORE

France ready to supplement UAE in developing nuclear energy

Posted on 29/12/2009

Paris - France has expressed its readiness to join the UAE in implementing its peaceful nuclear energy programme in the light of the highly advance French nuclear technology system EBR. French Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bernard Valero said that France was informed with the UAE's decision to sign with South Korea's Kepco consortium. "France reiterates its commitment to the strategic partnership with the UAE," he added. Valero referred to the visit made by the French President last May to the UAE ...  >>MORE

Masdar to work on technology with Koreans

Posted on 29/12/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean-energy firm, will seek collaboration with South Korean companies and research institutes as the emirate hired a Korean consortium to build four nuclear power stations in a US$20 billion (Dh73.46bn) deal. The collaboration effort follows the agreement between the Abu Dhabi Government investment company Mubadala and the South Korean ministry of knowledge economy to promote joint projects between Masdar and Korean renewable energy and sustainable technology companies. ...  >>MORE

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UAE's first nuclear power station scheduled to start in 2017


UAE brings into force additional protocol to safeguards agreement with the IAEA


Close cooperation between UAE, IAEA on safe, secure nuclear energy programme


UAE, UK sign nuclear cooperation agreement


Dubai to power ahead on peaceful nuclear energy


Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation joins World Association of Nuclear Operators


UAE a partner in development of IAEA: says UAE Permanent Representative to IAEA


UAE elected member of IAEA board



Safety, security and nuclear non-proliferation are main pillars of UAE peaceful nuclear energy program, Dr. Anwar Gargash


Kazakhstan and UAE to cooperate in nuclear energy


No fossil fuel problems for UAE's nuclear project


Nuclear link just the latest in UAE-South Korea ties


FANR signs cooperation arrangement with NRC


UAE set nuclear precedent of ‘gold standards’


Work begins on our nuclear future


FANR website goes live


ENEC welcomes license approvals for work at Braka, preferred site for UAE nuclear power plants


FANR issues two licences to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)


Energy Minister opens GICNT Plenary Meeting


Abdullah bin Zayed: UAE supports the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy as a right of every state party to NPT


UAE, Korea conclude deal for training on nuclear power industries


FANR draft regulations open for public review and comment


Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation files license applications and environmental assessment for UAE Civil Nuclear Power Program


Norwegian Minister confirms importance of UAE peaceful nuclear energy


Nuclear Hyundai, Samsung awarded US$5.59b UAE nuclear contract


Plans announced for Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute in Abu Dhabi


UAE nuclear industry working together to meet human resource needs


UAE believes in responsible use of nuclear power: Abdullah


FANR issues first licence to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)


US nuclear supplier companies complete trade mission to the United Arab Emirates


UAE-US sign further MoU Concerning Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy


UAE government establishes International Advisory Board to support UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program


Nuclear Energy Trade Mission to visit UAE


UAE ‘meets nuclear gold standard’


UAE plans to ensure security and safety at nuclear facilities


Nuclear programme will clean up the skies


UAE's nuclear project will save its oil wealth


After oil, now welcome to the nuclear family


UAE papers laud contract to build nuclear plants


France ready to supplement UAE in developing nuclear energy


Masdar to work on technology with Koreans