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An IAEA Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) has concluded a five-day follow up mission to UAE’s Barakah NPP. The mission, which focused on unit 1 of the plant, was carried out at the request of the UAE government to evaluate progress in addressing the findings of the IAEA’s pre-OSART mission that took place in 2017. IAEA said the operator of the Barakah NPP, the first NPP in the Arab region, had strengthened operational safety by fully addressing the findings of the earlier safety review mission. In order to ensure continuous enhancements, the team encouraged the plant to continue to use the IAEA’s nuclear safety review services.

Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-sees-strengthened-operational-safety-at-uaes-barakah-npp-10002596

After leading the 14-member Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzia (ISAMZ), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi summarised the situation at the NPP sayng that the physical integrity of the plant had been violated.

Date: Tuesday, 06 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszaporizhizhia-physical-integrity-violated-9977999

First of four units scheduled for operation in 2026 A mockup of the planned El Dabaa nuclear power station in Egypt. Courtesy NPPA. South Korea has won a major $2.25bn contract with Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom to provide buildings and components for Egypt’s first commercial nuclear power station.

The contract between state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) and Atomstroyexport JSC, a Rosatom subsidiary, includes the construction of 80 buildings and structures at the station’s four units. KHNP will also procure and supply equipment and materials.

In July an official ceremony was held to mark the start of first concrete pouring for Unit 1 of El Dabaa, meaning the country’s first commercial nuclear plant has entered the main construction phase.

El Dabaa will have four Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactors supplied by Rosatom under agreements signed in 2015 and 2017. The first unit is scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2026.

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/south-korea-s-khnp-wins-usd2-25-billion-el-dabaa-contract-from-russia-8-2-2022

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) will construct some 80 buildings and structures at the four units of Egypt's first nuclear power plant as well as procuring and supplying equipment and materials for the turbine islands under a contract it has signed with Rosatom subsidiary Atomstroyexport (ASE).

Date: Saturday, 27 August 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Contract-signed-for-El-Dabaa-turbine-islands

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 12 August that new shelling in the area of the Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia NPP (ZNPP) was further underlining major nuclear safety and security risks at Europe’s largest NPP. However, based on the information provided by Ukraine, IAEA experts noted that systems important for nuclear safety and security had not been affected. Nevertheless, renewed shelling at or near the ZNPP was deeply troubling for nuclear safety and security Grossi said.

Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaeas-grossi-addresses-un-security-council-on-zaporizhzhia-9928438

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has says it has completed hot functional testing (HFT) at unit 4 of the Barakah NPP under construction in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenec-completes-hot-functional-testing-at-barakah-4-9877741

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) independent nuclear regulator, has issued the operating licence for unit 3 of the Barakah NPP to Nawah Energy Company, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) subsidiary, responsible for operation of the plant. The operating licence, with an estimated duration of 60 years, authorises Nawah to commission and operate Barakah 3.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoperating-licence-issued-for-unit-3-of-barakah-npp-9785387

Unit granted operating licence by regulator Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world. Courtesy Enec. United Arab Emirates nuclear operator Nawah Energy Company has begun fuel loading at Unit 3 of the Barakah nuclear power station near Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, a statement by owner Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said.

Last week, Barakah-3 received an operating licence from the UAE nuclear regulatory authority which also meant fuel loading was given the go-ahead.

Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world, with four APR-1400 units supplied by South Korea. Construction began in 2012 and the project as a whole is now more than 96% complete.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/operators-begin-fuel-loading-at-barakah-3-apr-1400-plant-6-1-2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted more than 3,000 in-field verification activities and spent more than 14,500 days in the field in 2021, according to the Safeguards Statement for 2021. This represents a return to the pre-pandemic trend of increasing worldwide in-field nuclear verification effort year after year. The Safeguards Statement presents the IAEA’s findings and safeguards conclusions for all States for which the IAEA implemented safeguards during the year. IAEA safeguards are technical measures embedded in safeguards agreements, implemented by the IAEA to verify that nuclear material remains in peaceful use.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reports-increased-in-field-nuclear-verification-9780068

Four APR-1400 units being supplied by South Korea Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world. Courtesy Enec. The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear regulator has issued the operating licence for the third unit of the four-unit Barakah nuclear power station.

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) said that under the licence, Nawah Energy Company, the subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) responsible for operating the plant, is authorised to operate it for 60 years

The assessment process included reviewing the plant’s layout design and analysis of the site’s location in terms of geography and demography. The assessment also included the reactor design, cooling systems, security arrangements, emergency preparedness, radioactive waste management and other technical aspects. FANR assessed Nawah’s organisational and manpower readiness.

FANR reviewed a 14,000-page operating licence application that also included Unit 4, conducted more than 120 inspections and requested additional information for Unit 3 on various matters related to reactor design, safety and other issues.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uae-regulator-issues-operating-licence-for-unit-3-6-5-2022