A delegation from the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee (DNEC) has visited China Nuclear Engineering Group Corporation at its headquarters in China.

The DNEC delegation was headed by Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer, vice-chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and chairman of DNEC. The two parties discussed best practices and discussed the latest research and technologies for the nuclear energy sector.

The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 sets out a target of supplying 12 per cent of the emirate’s power generation by nuclear energy, along with 12 per cent by clean coal and 5 per cent by renewable energy. The targets are part of Dubai’s efforts to diversify its energy resources, with well over 90 per cent of its power currently provided by gas generation facilities.

Dubai has not officially revealed its plans to realise its nuclear target, but earlier this year, Ahmed Butti al-Muhairi, secretary-general of the emirate’s Supreme Council of Energy, was reported as stating Dubai would not be building its own nuclear power capacity, but would instead receive power from the under-construction Baraka plant in Abu Dhabi.