(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, or Enec, filed on Friday the Construction Licence Application (CLA) for Barakah Units 3 and 4 with the UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).
The CLA for Units 3 & 4 is the culmination of 18 months of intense work by Enec and its prime contractor, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco). Today's submission follows the approval of the CLA for Units 1 & 2 in July 2012.
Enec is building a total of four APR1400 units in Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, with the first plant scheduled for completion in 2017. Construction work on the first two units is progressing on schedule. First safety concrete was poured for Unit 1 in July 2012, and extensive preparatory works are now underway on Unit 2 ahead of the first safety concrete pouring before the first half of the year.
"This marks another important milestone in our program as we work towards delivering safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE," said Enec chief executive officer, Mohamed Al Hammadi.
"The team has worked diligently to deliver to our regulator a comprehensive, high quality application that draws from all of the experience we have gained - through our reference plants in Korea, the lessons learned from Fukushima, and our own experience with the first application process for Units 1 & 2."
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