FANR discusses oversight of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

Tue 03-07-2018 11:43 AM

ABU DHABI, 3rd July, 2018 (WAM) — The Board of Management of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, has convened its third meeting in 2018 to review progress of its work programme and discuss a number of activities to further enhance its oversight of nuclear and radiation activities.

During the meeting, the board discussed the International Advisory Group, IAG, recommendations related to the oversight of the construction and commissioning of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in areas of safety culture and transition to operation. The IAG is a group of international experts in areas related to nuclear regulation set up to advise FANR’s Board of Management on a variety of technical and policy matters.

The board also discussed planned Memoranda of Understanding, MoUs, to be concluded with national government organisations, foreign nuclear safety regulators, and expert organisations, notably, an MoU with Zayed University for the establishment of the Environmental Laboratory of the FANR. The laboratory will be an asset in providing measurements of levels of naturally-occurring radiation in the UAE, capacity building of FANR employees and advising government entities on radiation and radiation protection.

The board further discussed the status of the existing MoUs and the progress of their implementation in 2018 and planned activities in the near future. FANR has over 20 agreements signed with national and foreign expert organisations and regulatory authorities of other countries. They seek to build national capacities, exchange of technical knowledge and information, ensure commitment and conformance to the highest standards of nuclear safety and security.

In addition, the board also reviewed FANR’s performance of the first quarter in 2018 and learned about the latest updates of the Barakah operating license application and associated inspections at the site.

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