The United Arab Emirates (UAE) issues the Arab world’s first reactor license at the Baraka Nuclear Power Plant, calling it a “landmark moment”.
According to a report by the French news agency AFP, the UAE has substantial energy reserves, but the UAE has invested heavily in the preparation of alternative sources of energy.
The Baraka plant is located on the Gulf Coast in Abu Dhabi, which was scheduled to go online in late 2017, but is delayed by what authorities attribute to safety and regulatory requirements.
Now the United Nuclear Regulator has approved the operating license of the first 4 reactors at the power plant, said Hamad al-Qaabi, a UAE representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“This is a historic moment for the United Arab Emirates, making it the first Arab country to operate a nuclear power plant in the region,” Hamad al-Qaabi said at a press conference.
Considering that this is the first nuclear power plant in the region, Saudi Arabia has announced plans to set up 16 nuclear reactors, but the project has not been implemented yet.