May 26, 2022
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has recently taken part in the 29th Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global Annual Conference in Japan. Under the theme "Evolution of Decommissioning and Reconstruction- 11 years after Fukushima Accident," the annual global event is showcasing women's contribution in the nuclear sector and is hosted by Women in Nuclear Global (WiN), a non-profit with around 35,000 members from 129 countries.
A number of staff from FANR's Nuclear Safety and Safeguards Departments presented a poster on "Enhancements to Barakah Nuclear Power Plant following the Fukushima Accident and the UAE Nuclear Regulatory Actions."
The conference received this year 54 applications for e-posters globally and FANR's staff won the best e-poster.
Following the Fukushima accident in March 2011, FANR, as part of licensing the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, requested the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) to assess and apply lessons learned from the accident to address and mitigate any potential safety issues. FANR, having conducted a thorough assessment of the nuclear power plant, approved 17 safety design enhancements, and implemented a rigorous inspection programme and revised regulations.
The Women in Nuclear Global (WiN Global) is a global organization which supports and encourages women working in nuclear science and its applications throughout the world, particularly energy and radiation applications. FANR has been strengthening efforts to achieve gender balance by empowering and engaging women in the workplace. FANR currently employs around 251 employees of which women constitute 43%. Of the workforce, women hold 50% of leader positions and total Emiratization percentage stands at 72%.