FANR board updated about latest developments at Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

Board members also reviewed progress on a number of initiatives for 2020

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) board convened a video conference to review the Authority’s performance for the first quarter of the year, as well as the progress achieved in implementing a number of initiatives planned for this year, it has been announced.

According to a statement by FANR, the board members were also updated about the latest developments on the four units of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. They also reviewed FANR’s regulatory oversight and inspection programme during the commissioning phase of Unit 1, which is planned for start-up soon, so as to ensure implementation of its safety, security and safeguards requirements.

In February, FANR issued the Operating Licence for Unit 1 for a duration of 60 years. It is currently conducting around-the-clock inspections, using its resident inspectors at Barakah Nuclear Power plant and deploying other inspectors to ensure the testing processes are carried out according to requirements.

Members of the board also discussed the UAE government’s directions and the Authority’s latest precautionary measures with regard to COVID-19.

“FANR took necessary measures to ensure business continuity and conducting its critical regulatory activities essential for the safety of the public, workers and environment, where it formed the Response Advisory Team to closely monitor the situation and implement the actions needed,” the statement said.

“FANR also encouraged its customers and licensees to use its smart services to complete their transactions in a smooth and timely manner. FANR is in preparation to return to work by at least 30 percent of its critical roles following the federal government’s recent announcement.”

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