Nawah Begins Loading Fuel at Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant

Nawah Energy Company has begun loading the first nuclear fuel assemblies at Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, according to WAM.

This initial step follows the award of a 60-year operating licence to the Nawah Energy Company for Unit 1 by Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) on Feb. 16.

Mark Reddemann, Nawah Chief Executive Officer, said that the operating license was a significant milestone for the company as it becomes the latest operator to join the global nuclear community. “We are proud to have demonstrated that Nawah meets rigorous Federal requirements, as well as robust international standards for nuclear safety and quality. We are committed to meeting these standards throughout the start-up process and the lifespan of the plant,” he added.

Reddemann also said that the teams are trained, certified and ready to safely commence the testing and start-up processes for Unit 1 working in full adherence to FANR regulations, as well as industry best practices as set forth by the World Association of Nuclear Operators.”

Nawah will be running a series of tests once fuel load is achieved and before they begin the start-up sequence process known as Power Ascension Testing (PAT) where operators will safely and steadily raise the power generation levels. During this process, which will be safety led, the unit will be synchronised to the grid, and the first megawatts of electricity will be dispatched. Following the successful completion of these tests, Unit 1 will begin commercial operations, the statement added.