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Middle East nuclear power to quadruple in ten years

Nuclear Policies

06 March 2018

Nuclear electricity generation capacity in the Middle East is expected to increase from 3.6 gigawatts this year to 14.1 GWe by 2028 thanks to new construction start-ups and recent agreements between Middle Eastern countries and nuclear vendors, the US Energy Information Administration said yesterday. The United Arab Emirates will lead near-term growth by installing 5.4 GWe of nuclear capacity by 2020, it said.

More milestones for Barakah construction project

New Nuclear

04 January 2018

Barakah_Jan_2018_(Enec)-48The switchyard for units 3 and 4 of the United Arab Emirates' Barakah nuclear power plant has been energised and connected to the electricity transmission grid, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced today. Key power transformers at Barakah 2 have also been energised in preparation for hot functional testing.

Policy support needed for nuclear growth, conference concludes

Nuclear Policies

02 November 2017

IAEA IMC 2017 - closing panel - 48Nuclear power remains an important option for many countries in meeting their energy and climate change goals, but investors need clarity and certainty from policy makers, according to Hamad Alkaabi, the UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency. He was summing up the conclusions of the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, held this week in Abu Dhabi.

IAEA brings PWR training to Middle East

Regulation and Safety

05 March 2018

Simulator training course - 48The International Atomic Energy Agency has launched the first regional training course in the Middle East on pressurised water reactors. In cooperation with the University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, the course took place between 19 and 23 February and brought together more than 20 participants from eight IAEA Member States at the university's College of Engineering.

FANR: Globalisation key to regulatory excellence

Regulation and Safety

08 November 2017

Barakah_Sept_17_(ENEC)-48As nuclear vendors and operators have transformed into global players, so have nuclear regulators felt the impacts of globalisation, according to Christer Viktorsson, director general of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation in the United Arab Emirates. International collaborations and agreements between regulators can help to promote the highest global nuclear safety standards, he said.

UAE nuclear programme celebrates diversity


02 November 2017

Amano_Al_Qasimi_Alkaabi_(Enec)-48The United Arab Emirates' nuclear energy programme is one of the world's most diverse, multinational and multicultural, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation vice chairwoman Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi said in a special presentation on the final day of the Abu Dhabi international ministerial conference on nuclear power.