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UAE secures its future with nuclear energy

It’s reassuring that the licence to build two reactors has been given after an extensive technical review

  • Gulf News
  • Published: 00:00 July 20, 2012
  • Gulf News

Nuclear power is one of the most sustainable forms of energy available on the planet and the UAE is preparing for the future by investing in an atomic plant.

However, the potential devastation that can follow a nuclear accident makes safety the top priority for any atomic energy programme. So it is reassuring that the UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation has granted the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) a licence to construct two reactors, after an extensive technical review.

The review covers the safety of the site, quality assurance for construction, radiation safety measures and physical protection, among other measures. Following the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan, the UAE has taken further precautionary measures to avoid mistakes made in the Japanese plant.

It is necessary that the safety and operating procedures of the nuclear reactors constantly be updated to take into consideration the latest technical and other developments. The UAE has awarded contracts to build four reactors and they must be kept at the cutting edge of atomic safety and technology for the good of the country.

The way is now clear for Enec to safely go ahead with the construction of the power stations.

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