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Policymakers who ignore nuclear energy are not serious about meeting climate goals, delegates said at an Atlantic Council webinar last week. The first in the Raising Ambitions series, the event highlighted the attributes of this clean source of electricity and heat ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit, which the US Administration is hosting on 22-23 April.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-can-help-raise-climate-ambitions

The United Arab Emirates has shown it is possible to build a new civilian nuclear energy programme from scratch within little more than a decade. Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, describes the significance of this feat for the global nuclear industry.

Date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-The-global-impact-of-Barakah-The-United

Commercial operation of unit 1 at the UAE's Barakah NPP began on 6 April. “We are grateful to those who made this possible and thank them for their diligence and hard work,” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. "The start of commercial operations at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is an historic milestone for the UAE that significantly enhances the sustainability of our entire power sector," he said.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbarakah-npp-begins-commercial-operation-8650191

South Korea-supplied reactor will be one of four at the site in the United Arab Emirates Barakah-1 has become the first commercial nuclear unit to operate in the Arab world. Courtesy Enec. The Barakah-1 nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates has begun commercial operation, making it the first commercial nuclear unit to operate in the Arab world, it was announced on Monday.

In a post on his Twitter feed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, applauded the achievement, describing it as a significant milestone in the UAE’s long-term roadmap for sustainable, knowledge-based economic prosperity, benefiting many generations to come.

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), established in 2009 to develop the nuclear energy programme, confirmed that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company successfully started commercial operations of Barakah-1 following the completion of all testing activities.

The 1,345 MW APR-1400 unit is now providing constant, reliable, and sustainable electricity around the clock, Enec said.

It said the start of commercial operations follows a period of extensive testing, overseen by the national regulator FANR, which has conducted 312 inspections since the start of Barakah’s development. These reviews were carried out alongside more than 42 assessments and peer reviews by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-commercial-nuclear-plant-in-arab-world-begins-commercial-operation-4-2-2021

Barakah unit 1 entered commercial operation today, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced. The unit, which is operated by Nawah Energy Company, has been the single largest electricity generator in the UAE since reaching 100% power in early December. ENEC said the 1400-megawatt unit, which is in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, is now providing "constant, reliable and sustainable electricity around the clock". As a result, ENEC says it is "now leading the largest decarbonisation effort of any industry in the UAE to date". 

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UAE-s-first-nuclear-unit-starts-commercial-operati

Systems will now be tested at various power levels The Barakah nuclear power station in the UAE has four South Korean APR-1400 PWR units. Image courtesy Enec / Nawah. United Arab Emirates nuclear operator Nawah Energy Company has successfully completed fuel loading for Unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear power station near Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, a statement by the company said.

The operation began on 15 March 2021 after the UAE nuclear regulator awarded an operating licence to Barkah-2 a week earlier.

Nawah said operators will now begin a process known as power ascension testing, in which Unit 2 systems are gradually tested at various power levels in order to move into full electricity production.

Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/fuel-loading-complete-at-unit-2-announces-nawah-energy-3-2-2021

Announcement follows last week’s operating licence award The four-unit Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates is the first in the Arab world. Image courtesy Enec. United Arab Emirates nuclear operator Nawah Energy Company has begun fuel loading at Unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear power station near Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, a statement by the company said.

Barakah-2 was last week granted an operating licence by the UAE nuclear regulator which also gave the green light for fuel loading to start.

In March 2020, Nawah completed loading 241 fuel asselmblies into Barakah-1 which lead to the physical startup of the unit in August. Fuel loading took about two weeks to complete at the time.

Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/operators-begin-fuel-loading-at-barakah-2-apr-1400-plant-3-1-2021

Nuclear station, which will have four reactors, is first in Arab world The Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates is the first in the Arab world. Courtesy Enec. The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear regulator on Tuesday issued the operating licence for Unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear power station, the facility’s operating and maintenance company Nawah Energy Company announced.

Nawah said the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) board of directors had approved the licence on 9 March following “rigorous assessments and independent reviews” of Nawah’s operational readiness, including the successful completion of a pre-startup review by the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Hamad Al Kaabi, UAE permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and FANR deputy chairman, said the review process had been exhaustive.

“This is the result of intensive work and collaboration with national and international stakeholders such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, Republic of Korea and other international regulatory bodies,” he said.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uae-regulator-grants-operating-licence-for-unit-2-3-2-2021

The UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has today issued an operating licence for Barakah unit 2 to the plant's operator, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah). Nawah will now begin the commissioning of the Arab world's second nuclear power reactor.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UAE-regulator-issues-second-operating-licence

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel