October 15, 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE – ROSATOM and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The signing was held in Abu Dhabi on the sidelines of the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the United Arab Emirates.
The document was signed by Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, from Russian side and His Excellency Engineer Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC, from the UAE’s side. The Memorandum signed extends the activities conducted through a previous MoU signed in 2017.
The Memorandum establishes a general framework for possible cooperation between parties in numerous spheres, including the creation of a nuclear science center in the UAE, plant development and investment, nuclear fuel cycle management, training of UAE Nationals, amongst others.
Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM said: “We are very optimistic about our cooperation with the UAE in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. ROSATOM and ENEC have been working in the nuclear fuel cycle area for many years. At the same time collaboration can be extended in many other different directions which is quite promising for both sides. We can consider the possibility of developing nuclear power projects, and collaboration over non-energy nuclear projects. Our Emirati partners can be confident that ROSATOM is ready to share its vast expertise at all levels”.
His Excellency Engineer Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC said: “This is a significant step forward in our long-standing relationship with ROSATOM, and we look forward to continuing to explore opportunities for cooperation across a wide range of fields within the peaceful nuclear energy sector. Such cooperation is the result of our commitment to working with international partners to benefit from the global cumulative experience of the nuclear energy industry and ensure the highest standards of quality, safety and security as we develop the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program.”
ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders. The company has the assets and competencies to work at all stages of the nuclear production chain, from uranium mining to the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and nuclear waste management. ROSATOM is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, providing over 18% of the country's energy needs. The company ranks first in the world in terms of the size of its foreign projects portfolio, with 36 power units in 12 countries at various stages of implementation. Rosatom ranks first in the world in uranium enrichment, second in the world in uranium reserves and fourth in terms of its production, and provides 17% of the nuclear fuel market. The state corporation brings together about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. Together, they employ about 250,000 people.
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is working to deliver clean, efficient and reliable electricity to the United Arab Emirates - energy that is needed to support the UAE’s social and economic growth. Established by decree in December 2009 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, ENEC represents all aspects of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program. Driven by a Culture of Safety, ENEC’s overriding priority is ensuring the safety of the UAE community, employees and the environment.