Visit to Moscow nuclear expo will inform UAE energy policy

ABU DHABI // The UAE is one of half a dozen countries set to meet in Moscow tomorrow to explore the new technologies on display at Russia’s largest annual nuclear industry exhibition.

A delegation from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), headed by its chief executive Mohammed Al Hammadi, is expected to attend the eighth AtomExpo and visit Russia’s leading nuclear institutes, laboratories and new generation reactors.

“They are the plants of the future,” said Alexander Efimov, Russia’s ambassador to the UAE. “We discussed it with Mr Al Hammadi – the UAE always looks to the future, so we’re ready to propose such plants and modern technology for fuel recycling and nuclear waste.”

The UAE and Russia signed a 15-year-agreement in 2012 making the federation one of the Emirates’ suppliers of enriched uranium for its power plant.

The contract is expected to cover more than 50 per cent of the total Barakah project requirements for the first 15 years of its operation.

Officials say this could be the beginning of collaboration in other nuclear fields.

“Our abilities are not just limited to these fuel supplies,” Mr Efimov said. “We’re ready to build new power stations and there are many fields in which we have great experience.”

The UAE will be introduced to a number of sectors that could be of interest during the three-day event, including using desalination units for nuclear power plants and creating a nuclear science and technology research centre to train staff and develop nuclear medicine.

“We understand the leadership is very wise to develop this industry because some countries have oil, solar energy and others but the UAE understands the very great importance of nuclear in producing energy because it really is environmentally friendly,” the ambassador said.

The world’s first nuclear power plant was built in the Russian city of Obninsk, about 110km from Moscow, in the early 1950s.

“Today, Russia is one of the global leaders in the nuclear…

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