Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
(Enec) said one of its subsidiaries, Barakah One Company (BOC), has signed a deal with Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) to explore potential collaboration on new nuclear energy projects.
The MoU expands on a previously signed Charter for Joint Business Cooperation between Barakah One Company, the entity in charge of managing the commercial and financial aspects of the Barakah project, and Kepco. The Charter for Joint Business Cooperation enhances cooperation throughout the nuclear business cycle, from planning and construction to operation.
This could include a range of areas including investment and financing, licensing and safeguards, operations and maintenance as well as training and exchange of scientific and technical expertise in the field of nuclear energy.
It could also include nuclear fuel cycle management, localization and development of nuclear energy infrastructure.
The deal was signed by Nasser Al Nasseri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Barakah One Company and Jong Kap Kim, CEO and President of Kepco in the presence of Korean Vice Minister of Trade Industry and Energy, Cheong Seung-Il and UAE Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Al Mazrouei at the 24th edition of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.
Al Nasseri said: "The MoU will look at opportunities to utilize the expertise and experience resulting from our long-standing relationship with Kepco. We will collaborate to identify potential prospects to support the establishment of nuclear energy projects in other countries that will benefit from the unique knowledge and skills developed at Barakah through the development of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program."
"The MoU will enable our teams to explore all aspects of nuclear energy programs including the establishment of infrastructure, development of human capital, creation of financing plans and supply chains. The MoU reinforces the continued collaboration between the UAE and South Korea within this critical sector," he added.
Jong Kap Kim said: “The MoU is the fruits of mutual trust accumulated based on successful cooperation between UAE and Korea for the BNPP project. Going forward, by sharing expertise and experience, leading to combining respective strength, we will now explore opportunities to successfully collaborate to support global nuclear energy projects.”
The MoU expands on a previously signed Charter for Joint Business Co-operation between Barakah One Company, the entity in charge of managing the commercial and financial aspects of the Barakah project, and Kepco. The Charter for Joint Business Cooperation enhances cooperation throughout the nuclear business cycle, from planning and construction to operation.
Enec and its subsidiaries, Nawah Energy Company and Barakah One Company, remain committed to driving forward progress for the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme, said Al Nasseri.
The construction of the Barakah plant is progressing steadily, with Unit 1 currently undergoing commissioning and testing, prior to regulatory review and receipt of the Operating License from the FANR in order to commence the loading of the first nuclear fuel assemblies.
All four units, for which construction is currently 93% complete, will deliver clean, efficient and reliable electricity to the UAE, preventing the release of up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year, he added.-TradeArabia News Service