Emirates News Agency – UAE presents national report on spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management

VIENNA, June 29, 2022 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates has presented its fourth national report on compliance with the obligations of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management .

The United Arab Emirates is participating as a contracting party to the Joint Convention, which is holding its seventh review meeting at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

The national report describes the legislative and regulatory measures taken by the United Arab Emirates to comply with its obligations under the Joint Convention.

The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority (FANR) has issued and drafted six regulations containing requirements on radioactive waste management, such as “Protection and management of radioactive waste in nuclear plants” and “Dismantling of facilities”. and is working on development. of another regulation on the “Closing Trust Fund”.

These efforts reflect the UAE’s commitment to nuclear policy in 2008, where it plans to develop an integrated waste management system that reflects the highest standards of international practice.

The report also addresses options for spent fuel and radioactive waste management: Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and its subsidiaries have taken certain steps such as the design of the Barakah nuclear power plant provides sufficient storage capacity. the fuel spent in a pool made for each. unit. In addition, stakeholders are working to examine long-term spent fuel management options for different scenarios.

The delegation also presented the measures taken to address non-nuclear radioactive waste produced by medical and industrial facilities in the United Arab Emirates. There are currently more than 2,000 licenses that use regulated material and radioactive sources in the UAE are used for the medical, industrial and educational sectors, as well as for the oil and gas industry.

In addition, the delegation of the United Arab Emirates presented the efforts of national stakeholders to build the capacity of the United Arab Emirates in the nuclear sector in collaboration with various education and training institutions in the United Arab Emirates. In the past. Intensive training programs were implemented to qualify and consolidate the experience of the knowledge-intensive nuclear sector. FANR has also certified approximately 157 qualified reactor operators / Senor reactors in the last four years to manage the nuclear power plan.

“The United Arab Emirates has pledged from day one to embark on its nuclear power program to adopt the highest safety standards and meet international obligations,” said Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi. Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the IAEA, who made the presentation to the United Arab Emirates. “The UAE’s fourth national report to the Joint Convention is a collective effort by our national stakeholders to share with the public and the international community our plans to manage spent fuel and radioactive waste and ensure safety of people and the environment “.

The UAE delegation is led by Ambassador Al Kaabi to the IAEA and representatives of national nuclear stakeholders, such as the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the NAWAH Energy Company (NAWAH).

The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management entered into force in 2001 and called on all Contracting Parties to take measures to protect persons and the environment from radiological and other risks. spent fuel nuclear power plants and radioactive waste. .

The Contracting Parties shall submit a national report every three years to a review meeting at the IAEA describing the measures taken to comply with the obligations of the Joint Convention. The United Arab Emirates joined the joint convention in 2009.

Translated by: Hussein Abuel Ela.

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