Lloyd’s Register Energy has announced that together with Lightbridge Corporation its has won a contract to support the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation’s internal inspection team to provide construction oversight for a new generation of nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates.

Under the contract, Lloyd’s Register says it will support FANR for "several years" on a series of work packages designed around project management, construction inspection and oversight services. The scope of work will include design verification, inspection plans, quality assurance, as well as vendor inspection during site construction, installation and commissioning.

Lloyd’s Register described the contract as a "major milestone" and said that it underlines the company’s aspiration to become a leading nuclear safety Technical Support Organisation (TSO).

"The signing of this contract also highlights our commitment to working with leading authorities and operators worldwide who are embarking on a new generation of nuclear power," said Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Nuclear Vice-President, Mamdouh El-Shanawany.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is currently building two reactors, Barakah 1&2, in the UAE which are expected to enter commercial operation in 2017 and 2018, and its plans two more at the same site to start up prior to 2020. FANR is the independent government body charged with regulating and licensing nuclear activities in the UAE.

Last November, Lloyd’s Register Energy won a two-year contract to support the South Korean nuclear industry’s commitment to best-practice, safety and risk management.

Photo: Barakah construction