DUBAI, the only nuclear power facility in the United Arab Emirates, was "well protected" against security threats, according to a regulator on Wednesday, following a string of unprecedented drone and missile attacks on the Gulf state.
Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis claimed in 2017 they fired a cruise missile towards the Barakah facility, a report which the UAE denied. The group has repeatedly threatened to attack critical infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates.
Three drones and missile attacks on the UAE have been claimed by the Houthis this year, with another being claimed by a little-known group. A strike on January 17 killed three people in Abu Dhabi and wounded more.
"The nuclear power facility is built according to high security standards, and we have issued regulations for physical and cyber security," said the director general of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).
"Jewel element of the power plant is well-protected for any event," he told reporters.
Added a suspect in the UAE's general security.
In 2015, a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen, claiming that the Houthis removed the internationally recognized government from Sanaa. The movement is battling a corrupt system and foreign aggression.
The largest nuclear power facility in the United Arab Emirates, which is one of the country's seven Emirates and the country's capital, is the first in the world to produce nuclear power, and it is a part of the oil producer's desire to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Barakah will have four reactors with capacity of 5,600 megawatts (MW) each, equivalent to 25% of the UAE's energy needs.
In April 2021, the first unit to deliver 1400 MW to the national grid.
Unit 2, which was licensed to operate in March 2021, is under pressure and is expected to provide 1400 MW to the national grid in the near future, according to Viktorsson.
Once Nawah Energy, the company's regulatory requirements are met, FANR expects to issue Unit 3's operating license later this year.
Nawah may then undertake an 8-9 month testing phase followed by a national grid connection.
According to a source, a license to operate Unit 4 is expected to be granted sometime next year.