FANR, Khalifa University sign agreement

12 September 2018

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU), have signed a collaborative research agreement focused on advancing nuclear safety research and educating the UAE's next generation of peaceful nuclear energy professionals.

According to the new agreement, FANR and KU will continue their joint work on the Advanced Thermal-hydraulic Test Loop for Accident Simulation Project Phase 2 (ATLAS-2), an international project jointly organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

The ATLAS-2 Project focuses on addressing thermal-hydraulic safety and accident management issues relevant for APR1400 reactor types. APR 1400 is Generation III pressurised water type developed by the South Koreans. A variant of the APR1400 reactor is employed at the UAE's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant and this collaborative agreement is designed to familiarize UAE students and researchers with the reactor and build local human capacities in nuclear safety through intensive research activities.

Following the signing ceremony, FANR and Khalifa University will prepare to present their collective research findings on one of the relevant tests at the upcoming ATLAS-2 Project Review Meeting in October 2018, which will take place in South Korea.

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