The operator of the plant has met all regulatory requirements to initiate this phase, confirmed the authority.
Emergency preparedness and response system of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant are continuously being monitored along with its daily operations, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has said.
Since issuing the Operating Licence in February for Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, the FANR has continued its regulatory oversight – starting with fuel loading, testing until reaching the first criticality phase, which is a normal operating condition in the reactor, where energy is produced using nuclear fuel.
The operator of the plant – Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) – has met all regulatory requirements to initiate this phase, confirmed the authority.
FANR’s oversight activities included regular inspection using its resident inspectors as well as deploying inspectors to oversee the fuel loading and the testing processes. It is also monitoring the environment through independent monitoring stations around the nuclear power plant and its environmental laboratory.
The phase is another historic milestone for the UAE Nuclear Energy Programme, which will lead to the full commercial operation of Unit 1 planned later this year. Since its establishment in 2009, FANR has issued regulations and regulatory guides and conducted reviews and rigours inspections to reach this milestone for the region’s first nuclear power plant to ensure its safety and security.
FANR will continue conducting its regulatory oversight and inspection during this phase, and subsequent phases including power grid synchronisation and full commercial operation to ensure the safety and security of the nuclear power plant as part of its mission to protect the public, workers and environment.
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