هند ناصر السويدي
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Hend Nasser Alsuwaidi
Emirati writer

The Emirati nuclear programme Peaceful goals and effective security

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The UAE’s wise leadership is working hard to keep up with the latest global technologies in the energy sector, particularly nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Therefore it has taken upon itself the burden of establishing the UAE’s peaceful nuclear program, establishing the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in 2009, before launching the UAE nuclear program in cooperation with a South Korean consortium in 2012 to construct 4 nuclear reactors, as a part of a 60-year contract amounting to $40 billion.

The first steps for the foundation of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in Al Dhafra region included establishing four APR1400 nuclear reactors on four stations, with the first 2 stations operating commercially, and the third station in the operating phase, while the fourth station has completed 92% of the total construction work, with a total combined capacity of 1400 MW.

Using peaceful nuclear energy the UAE aims to reduce carbon emissions by 22 million tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking 408 million cars off the street.

Furthermore, the completion of the Barakah plants is only the beginning, as innovation, research and development are key to ensuring that the UAE achieves the broader objectives of its peaceful nuclear program.

In addition, the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership ensure that the Barakah plants contribute significantly to guaranteeing energy security and sustainability for the country during the energy crisis facing the world, which highlights the pivotal role of nuclear energy in ensuring energy security and sustainability.

The UAE model is considered the “golden standard” for the development of a peaceful nuclear program, as it doesn’t involve the enrichment stage or the reprocessing of spent fuel in nuclear reactors, which reaffirms the UAE’s commitment to the highest standards of security and safety as well as the standards of nuclear non-proliferation.

The UAE nuclear program follows the highest standards of safety and security, as the Director General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Energy, Christopher Victorson, confirmed that the UAE nuclear program represents a role model in applying security and safety standards.

The UAE nuclear project is only one of the many steps taken by the UAE’s wise leadership to provide energy, establish the foundations for the post-oil era, and diversify energy sources in the UAE.

Furthermore, the Emiratisation rate in this program has reached 60% including both Emirati men and women who aspire to serve their country in every field.

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