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Nawah Energy Company Receives Operating License for Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, and commences fuel load

19 Feb 2020


  • Operating License issued by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator
  • Following the receipt of the License, loading of the first nuclear fuel assemblies has commenced at Unit 1, and will follow regulated start-up processes

19 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) responsible for operating and maintaining the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, has received the Operating License for Unit 1 from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). Following receipt, Nawah has commenced loading the first nuclear fuel assemblies as the initial step in the process towards safely and gradually commencing operations and subsequent generation of clean electricity.

The Operating License, approved by the FANR Board of Directors on 16 February 2020, follows a series of thorough assessments and rigorous independent reviews of Nawah’s operational readiness. The license authorizes Nawah to operate Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant for a duration of 60 years.

“Receiving the operating license for Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is a significant milestone for Nawah Energy Company as it becomes the latest operator to join the global nuclear community,” said Mr. Mark Reddemann, Chief Executive Officer of Nawah. “We are proud to have demonstrated that Nawah meets rigorous Federal requirements, as well as robust international standards for nuclear safety and quality. We are committed to meeting these standards throughout the start-up process and the lifespan of the plant.”

“Our teams are trained, certified and ready to safely commence the testing and start-up processes for Unit 1 working in full adherence to FANR regulations, as well as industry best practices as set forth by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).”

Once the fuel assemblies are loaded, Nawah will run a series of tests, prior to commencing the start-up sequence process known as Power Ascension Testing (PAT), where operators will safely and steadily raise the power generation levels. During this process, which will be safety led, the unit will be synchronized to the grid, and the first megawatts of electricity will be dispatched. Following the successful completion of these tests, Unit 1 will begin commercial operations.

The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is the cornerstone of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, which adheres to the highest international standards of safety, security, quality, transparency and non-proliferation. Through its role as the operator of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Nawah is committed to ensuring the Barakah plant is operated in line with all regulatory requirements and in full cooperation and collaboration with all relevant local, regional and international stakeholders.