The Department of Energy has issued an electricity generation licence to Barakah One Company, the joint venture subsidiary company owned by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
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It added that the licence is an important milestone in advance of Nawah, the operating and maintenance subsidiary of ENEC and KEPCO, obtaining the operating licence from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).
Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, chairman of the Department of Energy, said that generating electricity from nuclear energy is one of the best long-term solutions for the production of clean, efficient and reliable power to support UAE’s continued economic growth and diversification.
Al Marar added: “One of the strategic objectives of the Department of Energy is to guarantee energy security and sufficient supplies of energy, thus we look forward to strengthening our cooperation with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries to support the delivery of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme.”
Earlier this month, the UAE said that its first nuclear reactor would come online in late 2019 or early 2020, further delaying the launch of the Arab World’s first atomic power station.
Construction of the first of four reactors at the $20 billion Barakah plant has been completed and had been due to come online last year.
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