Experts’ Meeting on Protection against Extreme Earthquakes and Tsunamis

The UAE’s nuclear safety authority takes part in the third International Experts Meeting on Protection against Extreme Earthquakes and Tsunami in light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant held from 4 to 7 September 2012, at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Along with 120 experts from 35 countries, the UAE’s team from regulatory sector met to share lessons learned from recent extreme earthquakes and tsunamis, to exchange information related to site evaluation and nuclear power plant safety against extreme events and to identify issues that should be further investigated.
During four-day Expert’s Meeting discussed topics such as: assessment of hazard and Tsunami modelling; combination of extreme events; and safety assessment models.

Common elements were used in the efforts of numerous countries for the protection of nuclear installations against extreme external natural hazards, which included the general-evaluation of external hazards, and the plant responses to such hazards.
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) immediately after the Fukushima nuclear accident requested nuclear operator, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), to provide a report describing how the nuclear operator will apply lessons learned from Japan’s Fukushima accident. ENEC submitted its report which was considered by FANR as part of the recently issued construction license of Unit 1 and 2 of Barakah NPP.
The Safety Evaluation Report of Barakah Units 1 and 2 is available on FANR website