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FANR issues over 1,000 licences

ABU DHABI: The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) said a total of 1,088 licences have been issued for the country’s nuclear sector as of December 2018.

Of this, 483 are new licences, 459 licence renewals, and 146 licence amendments to conduct activities using radiation sources in both the medical and non-medical fields, according to Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation’s 2018 Annual Report.

FANR also issued seven new licences, 19 licence renewals and three licence amendments related to the possession and handling of nuclear material, and transfer of nuclear material and regulated items.

In line with its commitment to periodically review elements of the FANR regulatory framework, a number of regulations and regulatory guides were reviewed and issued in 2018, it stated.

FANR’s vigorous inspection programme continued throughout the year, and as of December 2018 FANR’s radiation safety inspectors had carried out 430 inspections including announced, unannounced and reactive inspections.

Saipem wins offshore contract

MILAN: Italy-based Saipem, a world leader in engineering and drilling activities, has been awarded new contracts in offshore drilling in Romania and Abu Dhabi worth over $160 million.

According to one contract, the company will drill a well in Romania’s Black Sea waters, expectedly in the fourth quarter of 2019. Works will be executed by the semi-submersible rig Scarabeo 9, a drilling unit suitable for operations in the area.