FANR’s Board of Management Reviews Barakah Nuclear Power Plant Progress; approves 2023-2026 Strategy

Apr 28, 2022

28 April 2022, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The Board of Management of the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has recently convened. The Board approved FANR's strategy for the period from 2023 to 2026 where it details its future roadmap in regulating the nuclear and radiological sectors in the UAE. The strategy focuses on the oversight of the safety and security of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, waste management, Research and Development, regulatory framework, strategic national and international cooperation as well as other regulatory matters. The approved four-year strategy is in full alignment with the Federal Government guidance. In addition, the Board of Management approved the 2023 budget as FANR plans a number of strategic initiatives and projects to support its mandate as a nuclear regulator.

Furthermore, Members of the Board received an update on latest progress being made at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant: Unit 1 is currently undergoing the regular nuclear refueling and maintenance phase; while Unit 2 is commercially operating. FANR is currently reviewing the Operating License Application for Unit 3 and expected to issue the license this year when Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the operator, meets all regulatory requirements in terms of safety, security and safeguards.

The Board of Management approved to sign a project agreement with the Nuclear Research Centre of Belgium to collaborate in education, capacity building as well as research and development in nuclear technology and radiation protection.  Members of the Board underscored the importance to build the capacity of young Emirati engineers to work in this field as FANR places paramount importance of building Emirati nuclear expertise.



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