Dubai is taking its nuclear ambitions a step further with the creation of a high level committee that will steer the Emirate towards achieving its nuclear energy goals.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai, has issued a decree forming the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee (DNEC).
According to the new Decree, the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee is a permanent committee attached to the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
It is composed of a chairman, a vice chairman and a number of technical experts who will be appointed through a resolution from the Ruler.
The Committee is headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the Chairman; and Engineer Waleed Ali Salman, the Vice Chairman.
Others appointed as members include Dr. Riad Mohamed Belhoul; Dr. Abdulkader Ibrahim Al Khayat; Dr. Ali Mohammad Shaheen Ahmed; and Engineer Youssef Ahmed Abduldayem Nasrallah.
This comes as Abu Dhabi makes major progress in its own nuclear energy programme with the completion of the concrete dome for the Unit 2 Reactor Containment Building (RCB) at Barakah.
The RCB houses the nuclear reactor, and is a critical structure in the nuclear plant’s defence-in-depth barriers.
Unit 1 is now more than 87% complete, Unit 2 is 68% complete, Unit 3 is 47% complete and Unit 4 is 29% complete. Overall, construction of Units 1 to 4 is now more than 62% complete. Pending regulatory approval, the four units in Barakah are scheduled to be delivered by 2020, providing safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE grid.
When the four reactors are completed, the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program will provide approximately 25 per cent of the UAE’s electricity needs and save up to 12 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.