Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) will support operations at the United Arab Emirates' Barakah NPP during its first decade under an Operating Support Services Agreement (OSSA) signed between KHNP and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) on 25 July. KHNP send experienced and qualified nuclear plant personnel, including main control room operators and local operators, to support Enec's operating subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company. Some 400 KHNP experts will support operations at the UAE site until 2030 - ten years after Barakah's fourth unit is completed.
The KHNP experts must be licensed by the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) - including passing regulatory exams - before they are permitted to operate and manage nuclear technology in the UAE. Four Korean-designed APR1400 reactors are under construction at Barakahby a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation. Construction began at Barakah in 2012. Barakah 1 is scheduled to start up in 2017, with the other units following at yearly intervals.