FAQs

FAQs

What is Nawah Energy Company?

Nawah Energy Company is a Private Joint Stock Company (PJSC) established in 2016 as a result of the Joint Venture Agreement between Nawah’s shareholders, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) (82%) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) (18%). Mandated to safely operate and maintain Units 1 to 4 of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant - the first nuclear energy plant in the UAE and region - Nawah will provide a clean and sustainable supply of low-carbon electricity to the UAE.

Why was Nawah established?

Nawah was established to deliver the vision of the UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, through harnessing the power of nuclear energy to deliver a safe and reliable source of electricity that will support the UAE’s future energy requirements.

What is the significance of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant to the UAE?

The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, located in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi, will generate approximately 5,300 megawatts of energy from 2020 onwards, supplying approximately 25% of the UAE’s electricity requirements to support the country’s future energy demands. The plant will play an important role in the UAE’s continued growth and development, and plans to boost clean energy across the Emirates, reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 12 million tons annually.

What is nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy is created during nuclear reactions, which take place when the bonds between atoms are reformed through either fusion or fission. This process produces large amounts of energy. In the fusion process, energy is released when atoms are combined or fused together to make a larger atom. In the fission process, large quantities of energy are released by splitting the atomic nuclei, or dividing atoms into even smaller ones. Nuclear power plants use nuclear fission to produce electricity.

What are the advantages of utilizing nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy is a clean, safe, reliable and efficient energy source, which can produce electricity with nearly no carbon emissions. The amount of uranium required to produce energy at a nuclear power plant is significantly lower than the amount of coal or oil required to produce the same amount of energy from a fossil power plant. One uranium pellet, the size of a fingertip, produces the same amount of energy as 480 liters of oil or 1 ton of coal. Subsequently, nuclear energy produces significantly smaller amounts of waste than fossil fuel.

How do nuclear power plants work?

Similarly to other types of electricity generation plants, nuclear power plants use heat to produce steam, which drives a turbine connected to a generator, ultimately producing electricity. Uranium, a naturally radioactive element abundantly found in most rocks, will be used as the fuel to power the plant’s nuclear reactors.

How is Nawah ensuring safety?

Nawah prioritizes safety above all else. Our Nuclear Safety Culture is embedded across all teams and in everything we do. To ensure the constant and continuous safety of Nawah employees, the public and the environment, we work in adherence to the highest international standards for safety and quality in the nuclear industry.

How does the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant’s technology ensure safety?

Nawah is utilizing the most advanced nuclear technology available. The Advanced Power Reactor 1400 (APR-1400), designed by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), meets the highest international standards for safety and performance. As a Generation III+ reactor, the APR1400 safety system is designed to prevent or mitigate incidents. The design incorporates passive safety systems which work to ensure safe reactor shutdown, removal of decay heat, and the prevention of radioactive releases in the event of an incident.

How is Nawah prepared to manage any incidents, should they arise?

Nawah has a robust Emergency Preparedness Program in place to manage any incidents safely and effectively, should they arise. Please click here to learn more.

When will the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant be operational?

The first unit at Barakah will begin operations in 2018, with all four units scheduled to be fully operational by 2020. Nawah will conduct more than 700 various tests to ensure that each unit’s systems, processes and people are prepared for operations, before the UAE’s nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), reviews and audits all pre-start up activities ensuring safety and compliance.

How will Nawah and the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant add value to local communities?

The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant is creating new employment prospects and opportunities to foster the next generation of nuclear leaders across the country. Nawah is also contributing to the UAE’s social and economic development. Nawah is actively involved in a number of local CSR initiatives to support the environment.

What are the advantages of working at Nawah?

Nawah offers employees a unique opportunity to play a role in operating the UAE and region’s first nuclear power plant while contributing to the success of the country’s emerging nuclear energy sector. Our fast-paced, dynamic and diverse work environment provides national and international talent with opportunities to grow, develop and achieve their goals. Our workforce reflects the UAE’s multicultural environment, with employees representing various backgrounds, age groups and experiences.

What scholarship and training opportunities does Nawah provide?

We offer a wide range of scholarship and training opportunities through our Energy Pioneers Program, dedicated to providing students and professionals with the expertise and skills required to pursue rewarding careers in the UAE’s nuclear energy sector.

Applications can be submitted here.

How is Nawah supporting Emiratization?

Nawah is an Emirati-led company with approximately 60% of our workforce represented by UAE nationals. Nawah is dedicated to supporting homegrown talent, and empowering employees to progress in their careers through world-class learning and development opportunities.

I would like to join Nawah’s team. Where can I apply?

To join Nawah’s ever-growing and diverse team, please apply here.