|26 March, 2019

FANR reviews UAE nuclear plant operation licence

Ensure that it meets all regulatory requirements

Image used for illustrative purpose. The United Arab Emirate's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Unit 2.

Image used for illustrative purpose. The United Arab Emirate's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Unit 2.

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The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) management board said it has reviewed the Operating Licence Application for Units 1 and 2 at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi.

The 2020 Operational Plan blueprint details key activities supporting the FANR's mission to regulate the nuclear industry in the UAE.

Reviewing the Operating License Application of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant is a key priority for FANR’s Board of Management to ensure that it meets all regulatory requirements, said a statement from FANR.

The board members also approved the newly drafted Regulation 27 on Disposal of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste, which is based on the UAE Nuclear Law that stipulates the need for regulations addressing spent fuel and radioactive waste to protect the public from any radiation hazards.

It also approved a licence for the operation of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM), Facilities submitted by the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company, Takreer, for the Norm Waste Treatment Facility and Norm Waste Disposal Facility.

NORM is referred to the natural radioactive elements that are present in very low concentrations in Earth's crust, and are brought to the surface through human activities such as oil and gas exploration or mining.

On the margins of the Board of Management meeting, the members attended the awarding of FANR the ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management System.

The certification has been obtained for the scope of the regulation and management of services related to the nuclear sector in the UAE including licencing, compliance monitoring for safety, security, safeguards and radiation protection, and the provision of services related to the radiation protection infrastructure.

The ISO 9001:2015 ensures that an organisation demonstrates its effectiveness and ability to improve services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system including processes improvement.-TradeArabia News Service

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