Several companies from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have concluded memoranda of understanding (MoU) or cooperation (MoC) with Japanese companies and organizations in the fields of nuclear energy and uses of radiation, on the occasion of Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio’s visit to that nation.
By July 21, Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions (Toshiba ESS) signed an MoU with the UAE’s Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) on the operation and maintenance of the UAE’s nuclear power plants (NPPs), and Japan’s National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST) signed an MoC with M42, a medical company from the UAE.
Earlier, on July 17, the Japanese prime minister had met with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Kishida first expressed gratitude for the many years of stable supplies of crude oil from the UAE to Japan, after which the two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of decarbonization and clean energy, and to take the lead together on climate-change countermeasures in the global community toward the success of COP28, which the UAE will host this year.
Kishida also attended the Japan-UAE Business Forum, which was primarily sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the UAE’s Ministry of Economy. He expressed his hope that the UAE government and business officials would “actively utilize the Japanese public and private sectors to achieve economic diversification and industrial development in the UAE.”
As mentioned earlier, Toshiba ESS announced that it had signed the MoU with Nawah on July 21, focusing on the promotion of a cooperative relationship toward strengthening maintenance management and supply chains, industrial development, and the achieving of carbon neutrality.
Three NPPs are in operation at the UAE’s Barakah NPPs (South Korean APR1400 PWRs, 1,400MW each) and a fourth unit is getting ready to start. Nawah, a joint-venture nuclear operation and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), is carrying out a project to strengthen supply chains and safety operations at the Barakah NPPs. Toshiba ESS will support the project and safety operations at the NPPs. Toshiba ESS has already delivered a steam turbine generator for the Barakah-1, which, as of April 2021, became the UAE’s first commercial reactor.
Also, as previously mentioned, Japan’s QST announced on July 18 that it had concluded a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with UAE’s M42 for research in the area of carbon-ion cancer therapy. The organization’s president, KOYASU Shigeo, released a comment saying that “carbon-ion therapy is a step toward the realization of a society of health and longevity, free from the tragedy of cancer deaths.”