Abu Dhabi To Host GCCs IAEA Seminar On Safety In The Nuclear Industry


Five-day regional seminar to focus on international best practice in nuclear safety, security, and safeguards

Abu Dhabi, 25 May 2010: Today the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA), announced that under the patronage of His Excellency Staff Brigadier Pilot Sheikh Ahmad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan Chairman of the CNIA, Abu Dhabi will host the five day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regional seminar, on the implementation of legislation of nuclear security from 30 May to 3 June.

Hosted in partnership with the CNIA, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), this IAEA seminar will offer delegates from across the GCC the opportunity to explore international best practices and provisions for nuclear safety legislation. Delegates will participate in a series of lectures, workshops and discussions outlining the IAEA requirements and recommendations in the area of nuclear safety and their application, as well as participating in in-depth information presentations on the international instruments and synergies between safety, security and safeguards.

This IAEA seminar marks the second high profile international event to be hosted in Abu Dhabi, and has come about as a result of the strong working relationship that the UAE’s nuclear energy community has built with its international peers, the IAEA. New to this close working relationship between IAEA, FANR and ENEC; the CNIA, charged with protecting critical infrastructure in Abu Dhabi; are committed to supporting the delivery of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear power program, with particular emphasis on safety, security and non-proliferation.

The five day seminar will be located at Abu Dhabi’s Intercontinental Hotel, and will welcome over 80 delegates from across the GCC. For more information about the conference, or the UAE’s civil nuclear energy program, please visit http://www.iaea.org/, http://www.fanr.gov.ae, and http://www.enec.gov.ae/


About CNIA CNIA was established upon the decree issued in May 2007 by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, with the support of H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. CNIA is responsible for protecting critical infrastructure in Abu Dhabi and supports the security and stability of these infrastructures, including land and marine petroleum infrastructures, and energy and water facilities. In order to achieve its goals, CNIA uses the most modern technologies and human resources to facilitate partnership with several government entities and business organisations.

About the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) is the UAE’s nuclear regulatory body responsible for regulating the nuclear sector and licensing nuclear activities in the country. FANR is a UAE Federal government entity and was established on 24 September 2009 by Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Regarding the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, otherwise known as the Nuclear Law. The control and supervision of safety, nuclear safety, nuclear security, radiation protection and safeguards all fall under the remit of FANR, as does the use of radioactive sources and materials in medicine, research, oil exploration and other industries. FANR carries out all obligations under the relevant international treaties, conventions or agreements entered into by the UAE, and it ensures that the use of nuclear facilities, materials and technology is strictly for peaceful purposes.

About The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) specializes in the deployment, ownership and operation of nuclear power plants in Abu Dhabi, thereby providing a reliable source of energy to meet the UAE’s growing energy needs. In addition, ENEC will be responsible for:

• Overseeing the work of the eventual Prime Contractor in the design, construction and operation phases.

• Working closely with the Abu Dhabi and Federal governments to ensure that the civil nuclear power program is aligned with the industrial infrastructure plans of the UAE. This will include overseeing work that will be done near the eventual power plant site, which would include community development, roads, utility and telecommunications projects.

• Working to build the human resource capacity for the nuclear energy program in coordination with the educational sector in the UAE.

• Developing public communications and education programs to ensure that UAE residents understand the civil nuclear energy program and are provided information on the program’s progress. ENEC would also serve as the investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi, making strategic investments in the nuclear sector, both domestically and internationally. ENEC will be regulated by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), an independent safety regulatory body responsible for the oversight of the peaceful nuclear energy sector within the state and the enforcement of nuclear safety and radiological protection standards. FANR will also be responsible for the licensing of operators in the nuclear sector and the monitoring of radiological materials.