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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) expects loading of the first nuclear fuel assemblies into unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take place in the first quarter of 2020, local media reported.

Date: Friday, 10 January 2020
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The IAEA LEU bank in Kazakhstan. The International Atomic Energy Agency today received the second and final shipment of low-enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan housing the agency’s LEU bank, which was established to provide assurance to countries about the supply of nuclear fuel.

The agency said in a statement that the delivery “completes the planned stock of the material that the IAEA LEU bank will hold, following the first shipment in October”.

The shipment came from Kazakhstan’s national atomic company Kazatomprom, the world’s largest producer of natural uranium. It delivered 28 cylinders of LEU to the facility at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

The uranium originated from Kazakhstan and was enriched at a facility in neighbouring Russia before the LEU was transported by train to the site in eastern Kazakhstan, where it was checked and officially accepted by IAEA experts.

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
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The United Arab Emirates' Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) is at the final stage of its ongoing review of the operating licence application for Barakah 1 and 2, it said today.

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 17 October took delivery of a shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) at the purpose-built LEU Bank in Kazakhstan which is intended to provide assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel. “With the arrival of the first shipment, the IAEA LEU Bank is now established and operational,” IAEA Acting Director General Cornel Feruta said. “It is the first time the Agency has undertaken a project of this legal, operational and logistical complexity.”

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
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The International Atomic Energy Agency took delivery of a shipment of low-enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan on Thursday (17 October), officially establishing the agency’s LEU bank aimed at providing assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel.

Owned by the IAEA and hosted by Kazakhstan, the bank is one of the agency’s most ambitious and challenging projects since it was founded in 1957. Plans for the facility were first passed by the IAEA board of governors in December 2010.

The bank has been fully funded by contributions from IAEA member states and other donors totalling $150m, covering estimated costs for 20 years of operation. Donors include the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the US, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Norway and Kazakhstan.

The bank offers a supply of last resort for IAEA member states that experience a supply disruption due to exceptional circumstances and are unable to secure nuclear power fuel from the commercial market, state-to-state arrangements or by any other means. It will be a physical reserve of 90 tonnes of LEU, the basic ingredient to fabricate fuel for nuclear power plants.

Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom have renewed a memorandum of understanding establishes a general framework for cooperation on the creation of a nuclear science center in the United Arab Emirates and nuclear plant development and investment.

The MoU, signed in Abu Dhabi on the sidelines of the official visit of Russian president Vladimir Putin to the UAE, also includes plans to cooperate on nuclear fuel cycle management and the training of UAE nationals.

Enec said the MoU is an extension of an agreement originally signed in 2017.

Mr Likhachev said Russia was “very optimistic” about cooperation with the UAE. He said Rosatom and Enec have been working together on the nuclear fuel cycle activities for many years and collaboration can be extended to developing nuclear power projects.

Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019
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Most of the recommendations made by a mission in 2015 have been addressed, according to a follow-up mission to the United Arab Emirates by an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) emergency preparedness review service team.

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
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The UAE’s Barakah One Company (BOC), a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), on 25 September signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) expanding on a previously signed Charter for Joint Business Cooperation.

Date: Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy to establish and operate a joint research and development centre, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
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The Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates. Photo courtesy Enec. The main power transformer and gas insulated bus have been energised at the Barakah-3 nuclear power plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates, paving the way for hot functional testing, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said.

Unit 3’s auxiliary power transformers and excitation transformer were also energised in normal operating configuration.

Enec said the milestones were important steps in the continued testing and commissioning of the South Korea-supplied APR1400 plant.

The milestones were announced approximately one year after the completion of similar work on Unit 2, and two years after the completion of the same work on Unit 1. Enec said this demonsrates the benefits of building four identical units at the same time.

Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
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