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.


Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

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Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

  • It is the first of a series of hearings to iron out logistics for Carlos Ghosn’s actual trial
  • Nissan’s former chairman has hired a strong legal team as he fights to clear his name

TOKYO: Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct.
It was the first of a series of hearings to iron out logistics for Ghosn’s actual trial. The trial date has not been set, and experts say it could be months away.
Ghosn, who led the Japanese automaker for two decades, was arrested in November and charged with underreporting his income and breach of trust. He was released on bail in March, rearrested in April on fresh accusations and then released again on bail on April 25.
Ghosn insists he is innocent and says he was targeted in a “conspiracy” by others at Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan, which is allied with Renault of France, has seen profits nose-dive amid the fallout from Ghosn’s arrest.
Ghosn has hired a strong legal team as he fights to clear his name. One of his top lawyers, Junichiro Hironaka, was seen walking into the courtroom Thursday with Ghosn.
One of the conditions of Ghosn’s release on bail is that he is forbidden to contact his wife. Prosecutors say that’s to prevent evidence tampering.
Ghosn’s lawyers challenged that restriction, saying it is a violation of human rights, but the Supreme Court rejected their appeal Tuesday.
The lawyers can appeal again to have the restriction removed.
In a briefing Thursday, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Shin Kukimoto welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision.
“For married people to be together is important, but I feel there was enough reason for the Supreme Court to support us in this restriction,” he said.
Kukimoto declined comment on the hearing, which was closed to reporters and the public.
Kukimoto also said the maximum penalty upon conviction of all 15 counts of the charges Ghosn is facing is 15 years in prison and a fine of ¥150 million ($1.4 million).