News ID: 272323
Published: 0229 GMT August 01, 2020

UAE launches start-up operations at first nuclear power plant

UAE launches start-up operations at first nuclear power plant
A view of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, the UAE

The United Arab Emirates began start-up operations in the initial unit of its first nuclear power plant, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said on Saturday.

The Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, a major oil producer, is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). The plant was originally due to open in 2017 but start-up of its first reactor was repeatedly delayed, Reuters reported.

ENEC said its subsidiary Nawah Energy Company has successfully started up Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the region of Al-Dhafrah of Abu Dhabi.”

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wrote on Twitter that nuclear fuel had been loaded into the first of four units of what he called the first peaceful nuclear energy reactor in the Arab world.”

We are now another step closer to achieving our goal of supplying up to a quarter of our nations electricity needs and powering its future growth with safe, reliable, and emissions-free electricity,” ENEC chief executive, Mohamed Ibrahim al-Hammadi, said.

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), which issued an operating license for the plant in February, said Nawah met all regulatory requirements to start operations, after regular inspections and oversight to ensure the plants safety.

When completed, Barakah will have four reactors with 5,600 megawatts (MW) capacity. The UAE has not disclosed the total planned investment in the project.


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