The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (Andra) on the sidelines of the 63rd Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria. The MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC, and Pierre-Marie Abadie, Chief Executive Officer of Andra, in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and H.E. Xavier Sticker, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and International Organisations in Vienna.
The MoU has been signed as part of ENEC’s proactive approach to developing a long-term strategy for waste management. Andra, a governmental organisation in charge of the radioactive waste management development programme in France is seen as a leading radioactive waste management organisation with extensive knowledge of safety assessments, site investigations, design and operation of disposal facilities.
“This is an important memorandum and comes as part of our commitments set out at the very beginning of the development of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program. These commitments include the UAE’s policy for non-proliferation, transparency and the development of a comprehensive radioactive waste management system that reflects the highest standards of safety, quality and international best practices,” said H.E. Eng. Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC.
The construction of the Barakah plant is said to be progressing steadily and the overall construction completion percentage is more than 93 percent, as per the statement. The construction of Unit 1 has been completed and is currently undergoing commissioning and testing, prior to regulatory review and receipt of the Operating License from the FANR. All four units will deliver clean, efficient and reliable electricity to the UAE, preventing the release of up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year.