A new furnace has gone into production in the UAE, sparking concerns over the country’s nuclear weapons programme
A new turbine engine has been put into production at a new UAE factory, sparking fears over the nation’s nuclear weaponry programme.
The new turbine generator, made by Alstom, is part of a larger scheme by the UAE to develop a new type of turbine engine.
Alstom’s project is the latest in a string of technological advances in the past few years, with other projects including the first commercialised nuclear reactor.
However, a spokesperson for Alstoem said the turbine engine was a part of the wider plan to “expand and improve our capabilities”.
“This turbine generator will enhance our capabilities in the field of high performance power generation, energy storage, power production and distribution,” the company said in a statement.
“We believe this turbine engine is an integral part of this project, and is not a replacement for our existing turbine engine technology.”
The turbine generator is part the new Alstamah reactor, which has been set to go online in 2020.
Its purpose is to allow the reactor to generate electricity from water and hydrogen at temperatures as high as 1,000°C (1,750°F), and to be capable of generating power at a rate of 1,500 megawatts (MW) per year.
It was built to meet the requirements of the countrys nuclear power industry, but it has also been criticised for its safety record.
Earlier this month, the World Nuclear Association said the UAE had failed to meet its obligations under the Nuclear Safety Treaty, and warned that the country could be “at risk of a catastrophic failure”.
The UAE is a key Middle East nuclear state and has a strong interest in the safety of its nuclear weapons.
“In light of the recent reports regarding the safety and security of the UAE nuclear programme, the United Nations Security Council should take the necessary action to hold the UAE accountable for its past nuclear security failures,” the organisation said in its report.