Emergency drill involving 170 countries concludes at Barakah nuclear power plant

The ConvEX-3 exercise was designed to test the site’s readiness to respond to nuclear or radiological emergencies, in line with international emergency protocols

A two-day emergency drill involving the UAE and international partners has concluded at Barakah nuclear power plant.

The ConvEX-3 exercise was designed to test the site’s readiness to respond to nuclear or radiological emergencies, in line with international emergency protocols.

The simulations, which took place over 36 hours, included several scenarios within units of the Barakah Plant and nearby area.

They aimed to highlight any potential areas of improvement in the safety management of the plant, and ensure it meets international standards.

A video released by Wam, the UAE’s news agency, showed workers in hazmat suits and members of the military carrying out inspections and taking samples of the sand and vegetation surrounding the site.

They were then brought back to the laboratory for analysis.

In other scenarios, the capabilities of the ambulance service and Emergency Operations Centre were tested.

Organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the drill was carried out under the supervision of the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.

The complex exercise involved more than 170 countries and international organisations, as well as 10 local agencies, including Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Safety Authority, the fire service, Emirates Red Crescent and others.

Barakah is the region’s first operational multi-unit nuclear plant.

Its power generation will significantly reduce the country's use of gas-fired power stations to generate electricity.

The UAE powered up the second unit at Barakah nuclear power plant in August, four months after commercial operations began using the first reactor.

Its four reactors will eventually meet about 25 per cent of the country's energy needs, eliminating up to 21 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

That is comparable to taking 3.2 million cars off the roads each year.

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Updated: October 28th 2021, 7:06 AM
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