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Nuclear power plant project in UAE receives environmental approval

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) on July 15 said it received a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the environmental regulator, for the construction of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2 in Abu Dhabi.

In issuing the NOC, EAD acknowledges the environmental aspects of the construction of the UAE’s first two reactors, based on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and the construction environmental management plan (CEMP), which were submitted by ENEC in 2010.

The ENEC said the receipt of the NOC is the next important step in a multi-year licensing process for the reactors.

In order to proceed with the construction of Units 1 and 2, ENEC must also receive a construction license from the UAE Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR). ENEC submitted its construction license application for Barakah Units 1 and 2 to FANR on December 27, 2010. The application includes, among other issues, site selection, technology, safety and quality control, and the construction process for Units 1 and 2.

“Nuclear energy is one of the ways in which Abu Dhabi is demonstrating its commitment to the environment, as nuclear energy plants emit almost zero carbon emissions during operations,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of ENEC.

Al Hammadi said the ENEC has plans to build four nuclear power plants by 2020, totaling 5,600 MW.

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