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Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) Announces Key Operational Readiness Milestones Ahead Of The Iaea Pre-Osart Mission

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 01August2017:Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) has achieved a number of milestones in the area of operational readiness. Nawah has started arrangements to welcome the Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for their planned mission for Unit 1 at Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) in AlDhafra Region, Abu Dhabi. In OSART missions, the IAEA coordinates internationally-based teams of experts who conduct reviews of operational safety performance at nuclear power plants. To date, OSARTs have visited nearly every major type of nuclear reactor, and over 150 reviews have been conducted since the program’s inception in 1982. Pre-OSART missions are conducted during the construction and commissioning phase of a plant’s life. These missions help ensure effective preparations for commissioning and operations. In addition, Nawahhas recently submitted the Operating License Application (OLA) for Unit 3 and Unit 4 to the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). The submission included more than 15,000 pagesand documented the safety of the planned operations and maintenance of the Barakah plant and its adherence to the highest standards of safety, quality and security.Nawah is alsoworking to ensure that FANR’s safety and quality regulatory requirements aremet or exceeded in the program. At the same time, Nawah is preparing for extensive formal reviews conducted by the IAEA and global external entities such as the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), for the evaluation of the BNPP’s nuclear safety standards and readiness for operations.These reviews are part of the customary oversight and regulatory requirements to support the issuance of the operating license by FANR to Nawah, as the operator of BNPP. Eng. Mohammed SahooAlSuwaidi, Acting CEO of Nawah Energy Company stated: “Nawah Energy Company had vowed to be recognized as a top nuclear plant operator and to follow the highest international standards of safety, quality and security. There is a great progress made by Nawah with its commitment to safety as it progresses towards its target of loading fuel in Unit 1 at Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in 2018. Nawah is making good progress from all perspectives of the Operational Readiness program, including recruitment and training of resources, development of procedures and operating crew proficiency. We are also focusing on developing the next generation of leaders for the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program.” In May 2017, the fuel assemblies for Unit 1 were transported and securely stored at the Barakah Site. In accordance to FANR regulations, all fuel assemblies at Barakah must be closely inspected by Nawah’s team of fuel experts. These inspections are completed to ensure the structural integrity and quality of each fuel assembly. In line with our commitment to safe operations, the Energy Pioneers programwas set up to grow the country’s nuclear energy capability and develop a pipeline of Emirati talents as the nuclear energy program grows. Under the program, Emiratis are receiving training of the highest international standards by the industry’s leading global experts. Currently, there are 162 students studying through the Energy Pioneers program. So far, 274 have graduated from the program from which the last batch of 52 students have graduated recently in July 2017, and their excellent academic achievements was recognized by Nawah in a graduation ceremony held on this occasion. Nawah Energy Company is the operator of the first nuclear plant in the UAE and the region – the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, which is located in Al Dhafra Region, Abu Dhabi. It is the newest nuclear plant operator in the world, and is committed to providing a sustainable supply of safe and clean electricity. With safety as its overriding priority and in adherence to the regulatory requirements and best practices, Nawah will generate a quarter of the UAE’s electricity from 2020 onwards, powering the nation’s continued growth.

About Nawah Energy Company Nawah Energy Company was incorporated as a subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in 2016 as a result of the Joint Venture Agreement between ENEC and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). Nawah Energy Company is a Private Joint Stock Company (PJSC) with 18% ownership by KEPCO and 82% ownership by ENEC, mandated to safely operate and maintain Units 1 to 4 in Barakah in adherence to the highest standards of safety, quality andsecurity, and to the UAE’s commitment of operational transparency. For more information, please visit: www.nawah.ae

 

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