Regulatory Licenses


The construction and operation of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant are subject to thorough oversight and a licensing process through the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). Our environmental regulator, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), also reviews and approves important aspects of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program.

Since 2010, ENEC and its subsidiaries have submitted more than 55,000 pages of license application documentation for site preparation, construction and operation.

 

Regulatory Filings

Under Federal law, ENEC must submit detailed plans and license applications for the various construction and operation activities required to construct and to operate a nuclear energy plant.

Below is a list of license applications that ENEC has submitted to the regulatory authorities for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.

 

License

Regulator

Date Submitted

Date Granted

Site Selection License

FANR

February 2010

February 2010

Strategic Environmental Assessment

EAD

March 2010

 

Nuclear Construction Environmental Permit (CEP)

EAD

   

Site Preparation License

FANR

April 2010

July 2010

Limited Construction License for Manufacturing

FANR

April 2010

July 2010

Nuclear Construction Environment Management Plan

EAD

August 2010

July 2012

Construction License for Units 1 and 2

FANR

December 2010

July 2012

Nuclear Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Units 1, 2, 3 and 4

EAD

December 2010

July 2012

Construction License for Units 3 and 4

FANR

March 2013

September 2014

Operating License Application for Units 1 and 2

FANR

March 2015

 

Operating License Application for Units 3 and 4

FANR

March 2017

 

 

Documents filed with FANR:

Site Selection License Application: This document requests permission to carry out activities related to regional analysis and identification of potential sites. Activities include screening potential sites to identify candidates and evaluate candidates to characterize the site-specific conditions relevant to the safety and security of a nuclear facility. Information regarding ENEC’s license reviews and approvals are available here.

The Request for Site Preparation License, UAE Nuclear Energy Plants Units 1, 2, 3 and 4: This document requests a Site Preparation License from FANR that would allow ENEC to conduct site preparation activities that are not related to nuclear safety, such as laying encasement piping and building roads to accommodate construction vehicles. Information regarding ENEC’s license reviews and approvals are available here.

The Request for a Limited Construction License to Manufacture and Assemble Nuclear Safety-Related Equipment, UAE Nuclear Energy Plants Units 1, 2, 3 and 4: This application seeks permission for ENEC to proceed with the manufacture of various parts of the nuclear energy plant, including the reactor pressure vessel, steam generators, pressurizers, coolant pumps and other components. The manufacture of these components is the responsibility of Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction in Korea, part of the Korea Electric Power Corporation-led consortium that is ENEC’s Prime Contractor. Information regarding ENEC’s license reviews and approvals are available here.

Construction License Application for Units 1 and 2: Totaling about 9,000 pages, the Construction License Application seeks to move forward with construction of Units 1 and 2. Information regarding ENEC’s license reviews and approvals are available here.

Construction License Application for Units 3 and 4: A 10,000-page document, the Construction License Application seeks to move forward with construction of Units 3 and 4. Information regarding ENEC’s license reviews and approvals are available here.

Operating License Application for Units 1 and 2: This 15,000-page application seeks a FANR license to safely operate and to maintain Units 1 and 2. Information regarding ENEC’s license reviews and approvals are available here.

Operating License Application for Units 3 and 4: This 20,000-page application seeks a FANR license to safely operate and to maintain Units 3 and 4. It includes the lessons learned and experiences gained from the review of the application for Units 1 and 2.

Documents filed with EAD:

Strategic Environmental Assessment: This assessment addresses the environmental impacts of the project and includes information on mitigation measures and monitoring programs. The study also addresses the construction activities on site. 

Nuclear Construction Environmental Permit: EAD issues environmental permits to facilities involved in industrial, commercial and light industrial projects to ensure that they implement necessary measures to protect the environment, promote sustainability and improve the well-being of workers during the construction, operation and decommissioning phases of the facility.

Nuclear Construction Environment Management Plan: This plan, which is prepared by an EAD–approved and registered consultant, contains project-specific information about the ways in which the project’s environmental impact will be managed during the construction phase.

Nuclear Environmental Impact Assessment for Units 1, 2, 3 and 4: This assessment serves as a planning tool to guide the evaluation of environmental impacts and potential mitigation and monitoring efforts associated with a proposed project within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

For the UAE’s first nuclear program, our main goals are very clear.

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