Lessons Learned from Nuclear Industry


The UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program is based on the best practices and cumulative experience of the global nuclear energy industry. ENEC, and its subsidiary in charge of operation and maintenance at Barakah, Nawah Energy Company, are members and participants in international organizations devoted to ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety at all nuclear facilities worldwide, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO). They provide independent peer-reviews which help identify best practices as well as areas for improvement, building on more than 60 years of experience from operating nuclear energy reactors around the world.

The sharing of operational experience to ensure continuous improvement is especially important when considering significant events in the nuclear industry, such as the 1979 Three-Mile Island accident, the 1986 Chernobyl accident and the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident. Understanding the direct and indirect causes, analyzing the failed barriers or process weaknesses that contributed to such events is essential in ensuring safe and reliable operation of nuclear energy plants around the world. At ENEC, and Nawah, we are committed to implementing the highest international standards of safety, security, transparency and non-proliferation, including all lessons learned from major events in the global nuclear industry.

According to data from WANO, the Barakah project contributed more than 50% of the industry construction experience shared worldwide since the start of construction. This makes the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program the biggest contributor of open and transparent event reporting from a nuclear plant construction project in the world. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and transparency, ENEC and Nawah will continue to share operational experience and lessons learned with the international nuclear industry throughout the 60 years of operation of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.