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UAE’s nuclear regulator issues operating license for Barakah plant

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The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear regulator has issued an operating license for the first reactor at the Barakah nuclear power plant, a senior official said on Monday.

The license granted to the plant’s operator Nawah Energy Company will be for 60 years, Hamad al-Kaabi, deputy chairman of Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) told a news conference.

Barakah is the first nuclear power plant in the Gulf region, and when completed will have four reactors with total capacity of 5,600 megawatts (MW).