Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has recently announced that it has, together with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), completed initial construction activities for Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant and the turnover of all plant systems to Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) (a subsidiary of KEPCO) for testing and commissioning, in preparation for safety-led nuclear operations.
The completion of initial construction work of Unit 1 was preceded by the successful completion of the Hot Functional Test (HFT) at the end of 2016. The HFT is one of the major testing requirements under the Construction License for Units 1 & 2, which was granted by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in 2012.
Following the satisfactory completion of commissioning activities by KHNP, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), a joint venture between ENEC and KEPCO established to operate Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant Units 1-4, will assume operational responsibilities for Unit 1.
However, as per UAE regulatory law, the construction, start-up and operations of nuclear energy plants are subject to regulations issued by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), and the loading of fuel and actual operation of Unit 1 will require the approval of FANR and the issuance of an operating license.
Only after the successful conclusion of these legally-mandated and voluntary reviews, and upon FANR approval of the Operating License for Unit 1, will Nawah proceed with Unit 1 fuel load and plant start-up.