(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ABU DHABI, 8th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Board of Management of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, has convened to review its progress and approved the 2018 Operational Plan, which focuses on ensuring safe, secure and peaceful nuclear and radiation programmes in the UAE.
The meeting was presided over by Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, Chairman of FANR's Board of Management.
The plan revolves around carrying out its mission by conducting high-quality regulatory programmes on nuclear safety, nuclear security as well as radiation protection and nuclear non-proliferation. The Board also reviewed a detailed report on FANR's performance in 2017.
The Board learned about latest updates of the status in relation to the status of operating license application for Units 1 and 2 at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in Al Dhafra as well as inspection activities to ensure implementation of FANR's safety, security and safeguards requirements.
In 2017, FANR conducted over 40 inspections related to Barakah. Such inspections included verification of the licensee's operator training and certification programme and organisational readiness for Unit 1 operations, cyber security, nuclear fuel storage as well as other requirements. The Barakah's project is a key priority for FANR's Board of Management to ensure that it meets all regulatory requirements.
Ensuring the sustainability of the UAE Nuclear Programme is a priority at FANR where it develops programmes to build national capacity. The Board approved to participate in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development Halden Reactor Project. The project will help build national capacity through employee secondment and collaboration in research development, which will contribute to regulatory decision-making and enhancing operations.
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