Russia and UAE signed a nuclear cooperation agreement

19 December 2012

The Russian Federation signed an intergovernmental agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) concerning the cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy.

The agreement was signed by Director General of ROSATOM Sergey Kiriyenko and Minister of Energy of UAE Mohammed Al Haml on 17 December.

"This is a comprehensive agreement that allows for cooperation in all fields of nuclear power, from uranium mining, fuel fabrication, equipment, and research, construction of nuclear power plants - the whole cycle of civil nuclear power", said S. Kiriyenko at a press conference after signing the agreement.

"It is especially important for us to cooperate with Russia in this field, given that Russian companies already have contracts for the supply of nuclear fuel in UAE", said Mohammed Al Hamli.

Earlier, Russian TENEX and ENEC (UAE) signed a contract according to which Russian company got about 50% of supplies of enriched uranium product, which would provide fuel for the first UAE’s plant. The first deliveries are planned for 2014. The contract implies supplies for 15 years. UAE is planning to build four nuclear power units to the South Korean technology with a total power capacity of 1400 MW. The site will be Baraka in Abu Dhabi Emirate. The reactors are planned to start up in 2017-2020.

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