EDF and Nawah in pact to maintain Arab world’s first nuclear plant

Barakah nuclear energy plant is nearing completion. (Supplied)
Updated 23 November 2018
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EDF and Nawah in pact to maintain Arab world’s first nuclear plant

  • The Barakah plant, which is currently preparing for operations of the first of its four 1400 MW units, will be the the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab World
  • The agreement means that EDF will provide Nawah with services in a number of areas including operational safety, radiation protection, fuel-cycle management and environmental monitoring

LONDON: EDF and Nawah Energy Company have signed a long-term service agreement for the UAE’s first nuclear power plant.
Nawah is a unit of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the company that will operate and maintain the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant that is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi.
The Barakah plant, which is currently preparing for operations of the first of its four 1400 MW units, will be the the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab World.

 

The agreement means that EDF will provide Nawah with services in a number of areas including operational safety, radiation protection, fuel-cycle management and environmental monitoring.
“With this agreement, EDF will be strengthening its position in the UAE’s low-carbon energy sector, thereby reasserting the goal of its CAP 2030 strategy, which is to triple its business volumes outside of Europe by 2030,” said Dominique Miniere, EDF’s senior executive vice president in charge of nuclear and thermal power.
Construction of the Barakah plant began in July 2012 and the overall construction progress for the four units is now more than 90 percent, ENEC said in a statement. The first unit was completed earlier this year.

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Construction of the Barakah plant began in July 2012 and the overall construction progress for the four units is now more than 90 percent.


US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

Updated 11 December 2018
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US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

  • Perry spoke at a Baghdad hotel where he was attending a US chamber of commerce event alongside Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban
  • The United States has restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry as well as its banking and transport industry

BAGHDAD: US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday he had discussed his country’s sanctions against Iran with Iraqi energy officials and signalled an intention to step up US private sector investment in Iraq.
Perry spoke at a Baghdad hotel where he was attending a US chamber of commerce event alongside Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban.
The United States has restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry as well as its banking and transport industry.
Baghdad, an ally of both Washington and Tehran, is seeking US approval to allow it to import Iranian gas for its power stations.
Iraqi officials say they need more time to find an alternative source than a 45-day waiver granted to it by the United States.
“Sanctions were mentioned in meetings this morning,” Perry said without providing details.
He added that his attendance was sending a strong message of US commitment to Iraq’s economy and energy sector and that he recognized the challenges faced by Iraq’s government when it comes to rebuilding oil infrastructure destroyed during the war against Daesh militants.
“This is a different administration that will move with speed to develop an energy sector that best serves the citizens of Iraq,” Perry said of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s new government.