Dubai: UAE's nuclear regulatory body has conducted a detailed evaluation of Japan's nuclear disaster at Fukushima last March to review the safety standards laid out for its own proposed plant at Braka in Abu Dhabi.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) submitted its evaluation of the lessons learned from the March 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to UAE's independent nuclear energy regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) last week.

ENEC has previously presented a comprehensive safety case for the plant, which is detailed in its Construction License Application (CLA) and the latest report represents an additional assessment of the safety of the proposed plant.

The proposal included a rigorous 12-month review and safety analysis of the design of the plant and the proposed site of Braka, and treats the licenses granted by the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety to KEPCO for its Shin Kori units in Korea, as the 'reference plant' for the UAE programme.

"ENEC has selected KEPCO's APR1400, a Generation III, 1400 Megawatt nuclear energy plant - proven technology that meets the highest international standards for safety and performance," a news agency said.

The plants are designed to withstand extreme events including tsunami, earthquake and station black-out.

However, one of the most important factors in ENEC's selection of Braka as its preferred site was the fact that it is in an area with a very low probability of earthquakes - what is called 'low seismicity'.

The Arabian Gulf is also not an area with a history of tsunami activity.

The main focus of the additional assessment, which was requested by FANR last July, was to determine the robustness of the proposed nuclear energy plants in response to 'Beyond Design Basis' events.

Governments and national nuclear energy regulators around the world have called for a review of nuclear safety standards and station infrastructure following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami responsible for the devastating accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plants.

(Agencies)