The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) appears no closer to awarding an operating license for the country’s first nuclear power plant, with slippage to 2019 or beyond looking likely. Construction of the Barakah-1 plant was completed in May 2017, but the unit is still awaiting commissioning amid management upheaval.

The plant, one of four being built at Barakah on the Gulf coast 50km west of Ruwais, will be operated by Nawah Energy, a joint venture of Korean...