Director-General Emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency Hans Blix attends a meeting. File/WAM
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Hans Blix, Director-General Emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, has said that the starting of operations at Abu Dhabi's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant demonstrates to the world how doable it is to shift to environmentally-friendly alternatives to generate power.
"The start-up of the first of four units of the Barakh nuclear power plant sends a strong signal to the electricity hungry world that reliable power can be generated at viable cost and without greenhouse gases and added risk of global warming," said Blix, who is also the former Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Barakah project, in a statement on the occasion.
"I take joy in congratulating the people and government of Abu Dhabi for turning to modern science and technology for development," he added.
Federal Nuclear Supervision confirms the continuation of its oversight duties for the operation of Barakah plants.
"The prudent and professional way I have seen the project pursued by the government and the responsible organisations inspires respect and confidence. They have made full use of the world’s extensive nuclear experience – from the knowledge of the Korean constructors to advice, reviews and services by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Association of Nuclear Operators and others.
"In doing so they have also created a model for other countries that want to enter the age of modern nuclear power," he concluded.
Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, has congratulated the UAE for achieving first criticality of Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant .
In a statement on the occasion, Grossi affirmed the IAEA's support for the UAE in establishing nuclear power."The IAEA supports the UAE and other countries that opt for introducing nuclear power, which plays a key role in achieving clean and affordable energy and in tackling climate change," he said.
It will deliver 25 per cent of the UAE’s electricity with zero carbon emissions while also supporting economic diversification by creating thousands of high-value jobs through the establishment of a sustainable local nuclear energy industry and supply chain.
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation on Wednesday announced that its operations and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company has successfully connected Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant to the UAE grid.
The UAE and IAEA will conduct a two-day international exercise to test the global emergency response system for a severe accident simulated at the UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant.
The UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme is a catalyst for growth in the UAE, providing 25 per cent of the country’s needs for clean electricity. This project generates further energy supplies to support the national economy, and its diversification creates
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