ENEC files for nuclear power plant operating licenses

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) filed the operating license application for two nuclear reactors currently under construction.
 
The application was filed for Barakah units 1 and 2 with the United Arab Emirates’ Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). The submission follows a five-year-long process during which ENEC and main contractor Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) documented the safety of the planned operations and maintenance of the plant in a 15,000-page report.
 
ENEC hopes to receive its 60-year operating license for Unit 1 in 2016 in time to begin operations in 2017. Approval for Unit 2’s license is expected to follow in 2017. ENEC said Unit 1 is now more than 69 percent complete. The other three units will come online at 12-month intervals, with Unit 4 set for operations in 2020, pending regulatory approvals. The four APR-1400 units will generate a combined capacity of 5,600 MW, or 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity needs.
 
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