Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and its joint venture operating and maintenance subsidiary Nawah Energy Company are committed to ensuring the highest standards of nuclear quality and safety throughout construction, commissioning and operations and maintenance of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.

Both ENEC and Nawah utilize a strategy to procure services and manpower from highly performing international companies to provide services under the leadership of the signing company.

The information below sets out the types of agreement that ENEC and Nawah have entered into:

Type of Agreement


Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Prime Contract

Signed in 2009 between ENEC and KEPCO, the Prime Contract covers the full scope of work for the construction and operation of the Barakah plant up to Substantial Completion (SC).


Nawah Energy Company

Early Operations Support Agreement (EOSA) & Operational Support Services Agreement (OSSA)

Signed in 2016 between Nawah and KHNP, the Early Operations Support Agreement (EOSA) and Operational Support Services Agreement (OSSA) allows Nawah access to experienced nuclear professionals from Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP), on a secondment basis

Prior to Substantial Completion resources are available through the Early Operations Support Agreement (EOSA) (see above), with the OSSA effective at Subtantial Completion.


Long Term Engineering Agreement (LTEA)

Signed in 2018 between Nawah and Korea Electric Power Corporation Engineering & Construction (KEPCO E&C), the Long Term Engineering Agreement (LTEA) provides Nawah access to on-site engineering personnel and on-site and off-site engineering services.


Long Term Maintenance Services Agreement (LTMSA)

Signed in 2019 between Nawah and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) supported by Korea Plant Service & Engineering (KPS), the Long Term Maintenance Services Agreement (LTMSA) provides Nawah access to qualified manpower, supervision and management under the leadership of Nawah’s operations and maintenance organization in addition maintenance services for routine and outage maintenance activities of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.


Maintenance Service Agreement

Signed in 2019 between Nawah and Doosan Heavy Industries (DHI), the Maintenance Service Agreement is one of the components of the established framework for providing access to qualified manpower, supervision and management under the leadership of Nawah’s operations and maintenance organization, as well as providing maintenance services to support routine and outage maintenance activities.

Long Term Support Agreement(s) (LTSA)

Long Term Support Agreement(s) (LTSA) are a series of framework agreements with other Operators that allow Nawah to request a range of services from established international Nuclear Power Plant Operators. Multiple agreements exist with a number of international suppliers.



In addition to these commercial contracts, ENEC has entered into a number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) agreements with global companies and countries of responsible nations in order to enhance knowledge sharing, research and innovation to support the advancement of the global nuclear industry. These non-commercial agreements vary in duration and scope.

Nawah has a robust Emergency Preparedness Program in place to manage any incidents safely and effectively, should they arise. Please click here to learn more.

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Nawah is an Emirati-led company with approximately 60% of our workforce represented by UAE nationals. Nawah is dedicated to supporting homegrown talent, and empowering employees to progress in their careers through world-class learning and development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of scholarship and training opportunities through our Energy Pioneers Program, dedicated to providing students and professionals with the expertise and skills required to pursue rewarding careers in the UAE’s nuclear energy sector.

Applications can be submitted here.

Nawah offers employees a unique opportunity to play a role in operating the UAE and region’s first nuclear power plant while contributing to the success of the country’s emerging nuclear energy sector. Our fast-paced, dynamic and diverse work environment provides national and international talent with opportunities to grow, develop and achieve their goals. Our workforce reflects the UAE’s multicultural environment, with employees representing various backgrounds, age groups and experiences.

The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant is creating new employment prospects and opportunities to foster the next generation of nuclear leaders across the country. Nawah is also contributing to the UAE’s social and economic development. Nawah is actively involved in a number of local CSR initiatives to support the environment.

Nawah is utilizing the most advanced nuclear technology available. The Advanced Power Reactor 1400 (APR-1400), designed by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), meets the highest international standards for safety and performance. As a Generation III+ reactor, the APR1400 safety system is designed to prevent or mitigate incidents. The design incorporates passive safety systems which work to ensure safe reactor shutdown, removal of decay heat, and the prevention of radioactive releases in the event of an incident.

Nawah prioritizes safety above all else. Our Nuclear Safety Culture is embedded across all teams and in everything we do. To ensure the constant and continuous safety of Nawah employees, the public and the environment, we work in adherence to the highest international standards for safety and quality in the nuclear industry.

The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, located in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi, will generate approximately 5,300 megawatts of energy from 2020 onwards, supplying approximately 25% of the UAE’s electricity requirements to support the country’s future energy demands. The plant will play an important role in the UAE’s continued growth and development, and plans to boost clean energy across the Emirates, reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 12 million tons annually.

Nawah was established to deliver the vision of the UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, through harnessing the power of nuclear energy to deliver a safe and reliable source of electricity that will support the UAE’s future energy requirements.

Nawah Energy Company is a Private Joint Stock Company (PJSC) established in 2016 as a result of the Joint Venture Agreement between Nawah’s shareholders, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) (82%) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) (18%). Mandated to safely operate and maintain Units 1 to 4 of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant - the first nuclear energy plant in the UAE and region - Nawah will provide a clean and sustainable supply of low-carbon electricity to the UAE.

Nuclear energy is a clean, safe, reliable and efficient energy source, which can produce electricity with nearly no carbon emissions. The amount of uranium required to produce energy at a nuclear power plant is significantly lower than the amount of coal or oil required to produce the same amount of energy from a fossil power plant. One uranium pellet, the size of a fingertip, produces the same amount of energy as 480 liters of oil or 1 ton of coal. Subsequently, nuclear energy produces significantly smaller amounts of waste than fossil fuel.

Similarly to other types of electricity generation plants, nuclear power plants use heat to produce steam, which drives a turbine connected to a generator, ultimately producing electricity. Uranium, a naturally radioactive element abundantly found in most rocks, will be used as the fuel to power the plant’s nuclear reactors.

Nuclear energy is created during nuclear reactions, which take place when the bonds between atoms are reformed through either fusion or fission. This process produces large amounts of energy. In the fusion process, energy is released when atoms are combined or fused together to make a larger atom. In the fission process, large quantities of energy are released by splitting the atomic nuclei, or dividing atoms into even smaller ones. Nuclear power plants use nuclear fission to produce electricity.