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Regulator OKs new UAE nuclear site

Prep work to begin for country’s first power station.

July 9, 2010 10:41 by

The nuclear regulatory authority has given its approval for preparatory work to begin at the proposed site of the UAE’s first atomic power station, reports the National.

Two licenses issued to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) mean the company is a step closer to beginning work on basic infrastructure such as roads, steam generators and coolant pumps at the site at Braka, west of Ruwais.

Approval from the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency will be needed before the infrastructure can be started. And further approval from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation will have to be acquired before the site is deemed full acceptable, says the report.

ENEC expects to begin building the first plant on the site by late 2012 and have it in operation by 2017.

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