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UAE, Japan sign up for nuclear cooperation

UAE, Japan sign up for nuclear cooperation

A cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy signed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Japan clears the way for the transfer of nuclear materials, technology and related items between the two countries.

UAE-Japan business forum (WAM)_460(Image: WAM)

The document was signed by the two countries’ ambassadors to the International Atomic Energy Agency in the presence of UAE vice president Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during an official visit to Abu Dhabi by Abe.

Construction work is already under way on the UAE’s first nuclear power reactor at Barakah, where a South Korean-led consortium is to build two 1400 MWe pressurized water reactors. Preparatory work is under way for the second unit, and the two are scheduled to start up in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Applications to construct a further two units at the site were submitted to UAE nuclear regulators in March.

Japan joins the USA, South Korea, France, Canada, Russia and Argentina in the list of countries having signed nuclear cooperation agreements with the UAE. In addition, the UAE has in place a memorandum of understanding on nuclear cooperation with the UK and bilateral nuclear safeguards agreements with Australia and Canada.

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

UAE plans for safety

UAE plans for safety

Two United Arab Emirates (UAE) bodies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate the development of off-site emergency plans for the country’s first nuclear power plant.

The MoU is signed by Necma general manager Mohamed Al Romaithi and Enec CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi

The MoU between the National Energy Crisis Management Authority (Necma) and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) establishes each organization’s specific responsibilities for off-site emergency preparedness planning.

Necma was established in 2007 and is responsible for managing local and national crises, emergencies and disasters by coordinating all efforts by relevant parties. A key objective of the MoU with Enec is the safety and protection of the local population, environment and property in the event of a serious accident at the Barakah plant.

Necma general manager Mohamed Khalfan Matar Al Romaithi said the agreement would help to ensure that the Barakah plant adheres to the highest standards in safety.

His words were echoed by Enec CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi, who said that maintaining the highest international levels of safety and security was a top priority for the project. “That means being prepared for every possible scenario. Planning for emergencies is just one of the ways in which we ensure that the UAE’s nuclear power program is among the safest in the world,” he said.

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. The first concrete for the initial unit was poured in mid-July.

Source – http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-UAE_plans_for_safety-1109127.html

UAE to be nuclear powered by 2017

UAE to be nuclear powered by 2017

The United Arab Emirates is the first country to start the construction of its first nuclear power plant since 1985.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported last week the UAE plant is “under construction.”

China’s construction of it’s first plant began 27 years ago in 1985.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) poured the first nuclear safety-related concrete on 18 July 2012, after receiving a construction license from the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR). The first unit of the APR1400 technology supplied by a Korean consortium led by KEPCO is scheduled to be in operation in 2017 and three additional units are planned to be operational by 2020.

The UAE has started its nuclear power programme to meet increasing demand for electricity. The country has been cooperating closely with the IAEA since the beginning of its nuclear energy programme.

In early 2011, the IAEA carried out an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission (INIR) to review the status of the UAE’s nuclear power programme development. The INIR mission team concluded that the programme has progressed well and has been implemented in line with the IAEA “Milestones” approach. The results of the UAE INIR mission are published on the IAEA Web site.

An Integrated Regulatory Review Service Mission (IRRS) was conducted by the IAEA in December 2011, covering the UAE regulatory framework for all nuclear activities regulated by FANR. This mission also took into account the lessons learned so far from the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Other embarking countries have also benefitted from IAEA assistance and INIR missions, including Bangladesh, Belarus, Indonesia, Jordan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The UAE is the third country in 2012 to start construction on an NPP. The two other constructions started this year are the Baltiisk-1 Unit in the Russian Federation, and the Shin-Ulchin-1 Nuclear Power Plant in the Republic of Korea. Worldwide there are 64 nuclear power reactors currently under construction.

Source – http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php?sid/209017060/scat/b8de8e630faf3631/ht/UAE-to-be-nuclear-powered-by-2017

U.S. Ex-Im Bank backs $2 billion loan for UAE nuclear plan

U.S. Ex-Im Bank backs $2 billion loan for UAE nuclear plan

Barakah – UAE’s first nuclear power plant.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Friday it authorized a $2 billion direct loan to Barakah One Co of the United Arab Emirates to purchase U.S. equipment and construction services to build one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants.

The credit line is expected to support approximately 5,000 jobs across 17 U.S. states and has the support of the White House’s National Security Council as well as the departments of State and Energy, Ex-Im Bank said. Continue reading

UAE First “Newcomer” In 27 Years To Start Nuclear Power Plant Construction

UAE First “Newcomer” In 27 Years To Start Nuclear Power Plant Construction

Construction work has started on UAE’s first nuclear power plant. (Photo: ENEC)

The United Arab Emirates is the first country to start the construction of its first nuclear power plant in 27 years, since construction was started on China’s first plant in 1985.

As of 30 August 2012, the Barakah-Unit 1 is reported in the IAEA Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) as “under construction”.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) poured the first nuclear safety-related concrete on 18 July 2012, after receiving a construction license from the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR). The first unit of the APR1400 technology supplied by a Korean consortium led by KEPCO is scheduled to be in operation in 2017 and three additional units are planned to be operational by 2020.

The UAE has started its nuclear power programme to meet increasing demand for electricity. The country has been cooperating closely with the IAEA since the beginning of its nuclear energy programme. Continue reading

AREVA WINS A MAJOR CONTRACT TO SUPPLY ENRICHED URANIUM – UAE

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AREVA WINS A MAJOR CONTRACT TO SUPPLY ENRICHED URANIUM

On August 15, 2012, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and AREVA signed an integrated enriched uranium supply contract, worth more than 400 million euros.

This contract stipulates that AREVA will supply the future nuclear plants at Barakah, which is under construction in the United Arab Emirates, with enriched uranium over an eight-year period. The UAE’s nuclear program plans for the commissioning of the first two of four reactors in 2017 and 2018, pending regulatory approval.

Luc Oursel declared that: “AREVA is delighted that ENEC has entrusted us with this key part of the commissioning of its first nuclear power plants. The deliveries of advanced-stage uranium will contribute to ensuring the long-term supply of fuel to the United Arab Emirates. This new success is further proof that the Group’s integrated offer for the front end of the nuclear cycle is of interest to electricity generation companies.”

By 2020 with four plants online, nuclear energy should meet up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs, which are forecast to reach 40 GWe in 2020, compared with 15.5 GWe at present.

Source - http://www.areva.com/EN/news-9454/united-arab-emirates-areva-wins-a-major-contract-to-supply-enriched-uranium.html

UAE awards nuclear fuel contracts

UAE awards nuclear fuel contracts

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has awarded a series of contracts related to the supply of fuel for the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) first nuclear power plant. The contracts will ensure sufficient fuel for the first 15 years of operation of the Barakah plant.

UAE nuclear power plant (Enec)
The contracts will ensure a supply of fuel for the Barakah plant 

Following the launch of a nuclear fuel procurement competition in July 2011, Enec has now awarded six contracts related to the supply of natural uranium concentrates, conversion and enrichment services, and the purchase of enriched uranium product. The company estimates the contracts are worth some $3 billion and will enable the Barakah plant to generate up to 450 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity over a 15-year period starting in 2017, when the first of four units at the plant is scheduled to begin operating.

Under the contracts, both France’s Areva and Russia’s Techsnabexport (Tenex) have been contracted to provide services across the front-end of the fuel cycle, including the supply of uranium concentrates, as well as conversion and enrichment services. Meanwhile, Canada-based Uranium One and UK-based Rio Tinto will also supply natural uranium, the USA’s Converdyn will provide conversion services and UK-headquartered Urenco will provide enrichment services.

The enriched uranium will be supplied to Kepco Nuclear Fuels – part of Enec’s prime contractor consortium, led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) – which will manufacture the fuel assemblies for use in the Barakah plant.

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. The first concrete for the initial unit was poured in mid-July.

Legislation adopted in October 2009, prohibits “the development, construction or operation of uranium enrichment or spent fuel reprocessing facilities within the borders of the UAE.” The country has promised not to enrich and reprocess uranium or other fuel and to instead obtain nuclear fuel from reliable international suppliers, in line with the cooperation agreement signed with the USA.

In addition to the USA, the UAE has nuclear cooperation agreements in place with the UK, South Korea and France, plus a memorandum of understanding with Japan. In late-July, the country also signed a cooperation agreement with Australia, enabling the supply of Australian uranium to fuel its forthcoming nuclear power reactor fleet. Both Rio Tinto and Uranium One have uranium assets in Australia.

Enec CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi commented, “The completion of the fuel supply strategy is a key achievement in Enec’s program and a clear example of how the UAE continues to set the gold standard for implementing a peaceful nuclear energy program. These contracts will provide Enec with long-term security of supply, high quality fuel and favourable pricing and commercial terms.”

Enec noted that it “expects to return to the market at various times to take advantage of favourable market conditions and to strengthen its security of supply position.”

Source - http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ENF-UAE_awards_nuclear_fuel_contracts-1508124.html

UAE nuclear cleared for construction

UAE nuclear cleared for construction

A licence for the construction of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) first nuclear power plant has been granted by the country’s safety regulator, clearing the way for the full-scale construction of Barakah units 1 and 2 to start.

The decision to issue the construction licence to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) was made by the board of management of the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR) at a meeting yesterday and was officially announced today. Enec submitted its construction licence application for the Barakah units in December 2010. The issuance of the licence comes just days after the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) gave environmental approval for the project.

Braka becomes Barakah
When the UAE announced its selection for the site of its first nuclear power plant in April 2010, it was referred to as the Braka site. However, over the past few months the site has been increasingly referred to as Barakah. With the issuance of the construction licence, the name is now confirmed as Barakah. The Barakah site is in a very sparsely populated area 53 kilometres from Ruwais and very close to the border with Saudi Arabia. It is closer to Doha, the capital of Qatar, than to Abu Dhabi about 240 kilometres to the east. Dubai is another 150 kilometres along the coast.

Under the licence, Enec is authorized to import to the UAE equipment and technology exclusively for the construction of units 1 and 2 of the Barakah plant, Korean-design APR-1400 design.

During the construction phase, FANR will carry out inspections to verify that Enec conducts the activities in accordance with regulations and licence conditions. Enec must apply to FANR for a separate licence to actually operate the units.

FANR director general William Travers said, “Our comprehensive review of the construction licence application was carried out by more than 200 technical experts over a period of 18 months. The reviewers scrutinized 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. It was designed to ensure that all applicable technical and legal requirements were met.”

Travers added, “Going forward, during the construction itself and during our review of any operating licence application, we will continue to be conscious of our responsibility that nuclear power in the UAE is used safely, securely and only for peaceful purposes.”

Enec CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi commented, “We are now mobilizing our team to move ahead with the next phase of activity under our new licence, which starts with pouring the safety concrete for Barakah unit 1. This will mark another major achievement for Enec’s program in our mission to deliver safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE by 2017.”

Preparatory groundwork for the Barakah plant is already underway. FANR and EAD issued a limited construction licence to Enec in July 2010 for this and the company was given permission to pour a thin layer of concrete at the bottom of the excavation to create a smooth, flat surface in readiness for the installation of the concrete basemat. The pouring of the basemat concrete, often referred to as ‘first concrete’, is generally recognised as the point at which a reactor can be classified as officially ‘under construction’ and cannot take place until a full construction licence is granted. Enec had previously said that it expects to pour first concrete at Barakah in November.

In a $20 billion deal announced in December 2009, Enec selected a Korean consortium led by Korea Electric Power Company (Kepco) to build four APR-1400 reactors, the first of which is scheduled to come online in 2017.

FANR noted that, according to International Atomic Energy Agency data, the UAE is the first ‘newcomer’ country in 31 years to authorize the construction of its first nuclear power plant since China did so in 1981.

Source – http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-UAE_nuclear_cleared_for_construction-1807124.html