UAE-based nuclear operator Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) has signed a Maintenance and Engineering Services Agreement (MESA) with Framatome, an international leader in nuclear energy technologies, as part of the strategy to ensure the development of a sustainable UAE supply chain.
Framatome will supply maintenance and engineering services under the MESA deal. It will also offer training, technical and operational support, and fuel for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant’s four APR1400 units. The work will be completed under the leadership of Nawah and in strict line with the UAE’s nuclear energy regulator’s quality and safety standards.
Nawah is a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and partially owned by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). It is responsible for safely operating and maintaining Units 1 to 4 in Barakah in adherence to the highest standards of safety, security and quality.
“We are committed to working with experienced international partners to operate and maintain the Barakah plant to the highest international safety and quality standards. France has one of the most established nuclear energy sectors globally, with more than 60 years of experience. The MESA agreement with Framatome signals the important role French companies play in supporting the operations and maintenance of the Barakah Plant and providing their expertise to our Emirati-led teams at Barakah.”
“Framatome is proud to be part of the impressive Emirati Civil Nuclear Program journey. Our teams are committed to be the most reliable partner to the UAE and to provide Nawah and ENEC with innovative services and efficient technologies relying on more than 60 years of experience in the nuclear industry. We are engaged to support the safe, reliable, and low-carbon operations of the Barakah nuclear fleet over its complete lifetime,” said Mr. Bernard Fontana, CEO at Framatome.
Related: Abu Dhabi’s ENEC, France’s EDF to jointly work on nuclear energy