Abu Dhabi Police has established a new unit to respond to nuclear emergencies ahead of the launch of the UAE's first nuclear power reactor.
Located at Ruwais Police Station of the Dhafra Police Directorate (Criminal Security Sector), the new unit's terms of reference include preparation and review of response nuclear security plans, establishment of nuclear and radioactive risks registry and provision of material and human resources to run the unit, state news agency WAM reported.
Brigadier Mohammed Al Rashdi, acting director of Criminal Security Sector, said the unit aims to implement obligations of nuclear safety agreements and promote the culture of nuclear safety among nuclear facility operators.
"The new unit will cooperate with local and federal departments to review emergency nuclear response plans, coordinate with local and foreign partners to conduct training and exercises to upgrade readiness for emergencies, conclude partnership and coordination agreements and assess the role of partners in nuclear security response," he said.
The unit will comprise four branches for planning and development, training and exercises, follow up and licence issuance, and partner coordination and readiness.
Last month it was announced that Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation's (ENEC) first nuclear reactor would come online in late 2019 or early 2020.
The first of four reactors at the $20 billion Barakah plant had been due to come online last year, but the launch was initially delayed until 2018 to make time for regulatory approvals and complete safety checks.
All four units are expected will save up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to removing 3.2 million cars from the roads.