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Barakah containment liner assembly starts

Barakah containment liner assembly starts

Installation has started of the sections of the containment liner plate in the reactor building for unit 1 of the United Arab Emirates’ Barakah nuclear power plant.

Barakah 1 containment liner (Enec)
The containment liner takes shape at Barakah 1 (Image: Enec)

The containment liner plate is a cylindrical steel shell that forms the inner wall, ceiling and floor of the reactor containment building. Due to its size, the component has to be constructed in multiple stages and parts, according to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec). A total of 19 separate liner rings – each measuring 45 metres in diameter and 3 metres in height – make up the 2000 tonne structure.

The floor and the first two levels of the liner plate were made off-site and have been installed over the past two months. The next three levels have been fabricated and welded together on-site and were installed last week.

Over the next ten months, fabrication and installation of the remaining 14 sections of the liner will take place.

Enec CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi commented that the liner “is one of many physical barriers that ensure the safety of our employees, the community and the environment and make Generation III+ nuclear energy plants incredibly robust structures.”

In a $20 billion deal announced in December 2009, Enec selected a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) to build four APR-1400 reactors.

Approval of construction licence application for units 1 and 2 came in July 2012. Enec said that construction work on the first two units is progressing on schedule. First concrete for unit 1 was poured the day after the construction licence was issued, while extensive preparatory work is underway at unit 2. First concrete for that unit is expected to be poured later this year.

Enec will apply for an operating licence for unit 1 in 2015. Unit 1 is scheduled to be completed in 2017, with unit 2 following a year later.

Unit 3 is scheduled to begin commercial operation in May 2019, with unit 4 following in May 2020.

Source: World Nuclear News

Application in for next two Barakah units

Application in for next two Barakah units

An application for the construction of units 3 and 4 at the new Barakah plant in the UAE has been submitted by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) to the country’s nuclear regulator.

Enec announced that it submitted the 10,000-page application for Barakah units 3 and 4 to the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) on 1 March. The move, it said, was “the culmination of 18 months of intense work by Enec and its prime contractor, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco).”

UAE nuclear power plant (Enec)

Four units are planned for the Barakah plant (Image: Enec)The application is based on that for Barakah units 1 and 2 and the safety analysis completed for Kepco’s Shin Kori units 3 and 4 in South Korea. These are the reference units for the Barakah plant. Enec earlier said that its reactors will be “essentially the same” as those units “but supplemented with changes required to adapt to the UAE climatic conditions and any specific requirements for FANR.” These differences relate to a 50 Hertz output instead of 60 Hertz, as well as higher temperatures and the possibility of sand storms.The construction licence application also includes the design changes identified from lessons learned from the Fukushima accident.Enec CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi commented, “This marks another important milestone in our program as we work towards delivering safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE.” He added, “The team has worked diligently to deliver to our regulator a comprehensive, high-quality application that draws from all the experience we have gained – through our reference plants in Korea, the lessons learned from Fukushima, and our own experience with the first application process for units 1 and 2.”

In a $20 billion deal announced in December 2009, Enec selected a Korean consortium led by Kepco to build four APR-1400 reactors. All four units planned for Barakah, close to the border with Saudi Arabia, should be in operation by 2020.

Approval of construction licence application for units 1 and 2 came in July 2012. Enec said that construction work on the first two units is progressing on schedule. First concrete for unit 1 was poured the day after the construction licence was issued, while extensive preparatory work is underway at unit 2. First concrete for unit 2 expected to be poured by mid-2013. Unit 1 is scheduled to be completed in 2017, with unit 2 following a year later.

Unit 3 is scheduled to begin commercial operation in May 2019, with unit 4 following in May 2020.

Source: World Nuclear News

Canada, UAE sign cooperation accord

Canada, UAE sign cooperation accord

 

The trading of nuclear technology and materials between Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now take place after a cooperation agreement was signed between the two countries.

Al Nahyan and Baird sign the nuclear cooperation agreement

The following day an administrative arrangement was signed between the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This arrangement implements the provisions of the nuclear cooperation agreement to ensure the peaceful use of Canadian nuclear items authorized for export by the CNSC. Together, the nuclear cooperation agreement and the administrative arrangement will allow Canadian companies to export nuclear items for peaceful uses, in accordance with Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation policy.

A civilian nuclear cooperation agreement was signed by Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Ottawa on 18 September. The aim of the cooperation agreement is to create a framework that will allow members of Canada’s nuclear industry to cooperate with civilian nuclear facilities in the UAE that come under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.

The administrative arrangement was signed by CNSC president Michael Binder and permanent representative of the UAE to the IAEA Hamad Al Kaabi. The CNSC is responsible for implementing Canada’s international nuclear non-proliferation, safeguards and security obligations, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Baird commented, “Canada can help the UAE meet its growing energy needs. This agreement provides a number of opportunities for our countries to work together as strategic partners, and for Canadian companies to offer the full array of their equipment, services and uranium supply to the UAE’s civilian nuclear market.”

The UAE already has nuclear cooperation agreements in place with the USA, the UK, South Korea, France and Australia, plus a memorandum of understanding with Japan.

In a $20 billion deal announced in December 2009, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) selected a Korean consortium led by Korea Electric Power Company (Kepco) to build four APR-1400 reactors. All four units planned for Barakah, close to the border with Saudi Arabia, should be in operation by 2020. The first concrete for the initial unit was poured in mid-July.

Source – http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-Canada_UAE_sign_cooperation_accord-2009124.html