Cement Factory certified to supply Barakah nuclear plant

WAM ABU DHABI, July 3th, 2013 (WAM)–Emirates Cement Factory (ECF), a fully owned subsidiary of Arkan Building Materials, has been certified by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and Hyundai Samsung Joint Venture (HSJV) to supply Q Class cement to the Barakah Nuclear Power Plants owned by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, located in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region.

ECF upgraded their quality assurance, quality control and production procedures to meet the standard of ASME NQA-1-2008 and to qualify them as suppliers of a Q Class standard. ECF is the first fully integrated cement plant in the GCC to be certified as a Q Class cement provider to the Barakah plant.

To become certified, ECF had to meet a strict set of technological and quality standards outlined in ASME’s Nuclear Quality Assurance Standards, which includes safety, testing and production guidelines. As part of this program ECF’s workforce was also trained to ensure that they are qualified to manufacture products that are in line with international nuclear quality standards.

“Gaining this certification represents an important strategic milestone for Emirates Cement Factory and for Arkan Building Materials, and further demonstrates the high quality standards to which we adhere,” said Eng. Abdulaziz Asad General Manager – Cement Division, Arkan Building Materials.

“Meeting this high set of standards set by ASME,” said Asad, “reflects the culture of excellence at Arkan, and demonstrates our continued commitment to providing products and services of the highest quality to our customers.” ECF is one of the first cement manufacturers in the UAE, beginning production in Al Ain in 1976. The company is the only integrated cement plant in the country that features laboratory and inspection facilities to be certified to supply OPC products to the Barakah nuclear facilities, and features testing, inspection and monitoring procedures in line with the highest international quality and safety standards.

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