The UAE's state nuclear company is moving ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant, saying it has filed a construction license application covering the project's first two reactors.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced the filing of the roughly 9,000-page regulatory application on December 27, a year after it awarded a South Korean consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation the $20 billion contract for the project.

The application to the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation is based largely on previous work done for reactors in South Korea that will serve as a reference for the Emirati plants.

ENEC plans to build the Gulf Arab state's first reactors at Braka, a sparsely populated site on the Persian Gulf coast near the border with Saudi Arabia. It aims to have the first reactor running in 2017.

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