IAEA’s chief Amano highlights adherence to transparency and int’l collaboration of UAE peaceful nuclear energy program

WAM AL GHARBIA (WESTERN REGION): The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation hosted today an official delegation composed of officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headed by Director General Yukiya Amano and UAE government officials at Barakah, the selected site of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) peaceful nuclear energy program.

The IAEA delegation was received by Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the IAEA, Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC CEO and senior officials from ENEC and KEPCO.

The delegation toured the Barakah site and was provided with a comprehensive update on the safe development of the construction and the achievement of key milestones by ENEC and KEPCO. Director General Amano and IAEA officials had the opportunity to witness the developments of Unit 1 and 2, under construction following the Construction License received by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation in July 2012.

“The UAE is making safe and consistent progress in the development of the peaceful nuclear energy program,” said Yukiya Amano. “The IAEA delegation would like to thank the UAE government, FANR and ENEC for providing us with the opportunity to visit Barakah and assess the development of the project. We are very satisfied with the quality of the information we have received.” “The visit of the IAEA delegation headed by Director General Yukiya Amano is an important milestone to the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program,” said Hamad Al Kaabi the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the IAEA. “The UAE has been working in close cooperation with the IAEA and has followed IAEA’s guidance, policies and procedures to develop the national nuclear program/ Our policy continue to guide our work in a transparent and committed manner where the IAEA is a close partner in the program.” The visit also saw Mr. Amano meet with Emirati engineers and students who are enrolled in the Energy Pioneers program, ENEC’s academic scholarship program that supports the next generation of Emirati nuclear specialists.

ENEC has achieved a 65 per cent Emiratization index and the IAEA was able to learn more about the experiences of Emiratis who will be at the forefront of the UAE’s nuclear energy program.

“We are glad to welcome Amano and the delegation of IAEA officials at Barakah,” said HE Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC CEO. “ENEC and KEPCO are progressing steadily in the safe development of the milestones of the program and we were privileged to share our accomplishments and our commitments for the future with the IAEA officials. Our Emirati engineers were also inspired to meet with the delegation.” The visit from the IAEA follows a recent tour of the Barakah site from Korean President HE Lee Myung-Bak, who was commended by the UAE on the role played by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the company who is designing, building and will help operate the UAE’s civil nuclear power plants.