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Unit 3 and 4 of Barakah nuclear plant connected to UAE's main electric grid

by Baset Asaba on Jan 8, 2018

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has achieved a major milestone by successfully connecting units 3 and 4 of the Barakah nuclear energy Plant to the UAE electricity transmission grid.

The connection is a prerequisite for future testing and allows for the completion of additional auxiliary buildings at both units.

Unit 4 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is now more than 60% complete, while Unit 3 is almost 80% completed.

Other significant milestones include the energisation of the Unit 2 main power transformer (MTR), excitation transformer and unit auxiliary power transformers (UAT), which allows the initiation of hot functional testing (HFT).

Unit 2 is more than 90% finished while Unit 1 is currently undergoing commissioning and testing, prior to regulatory review and receipt of the operating licence from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).

"These achievements are a result of our extensive collaboration with our prime contractor and joint venture partner, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)," said Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC.

"Working together and benefitting from the experience gained when conducting the same work on Unit 1, the teams continue to make significant progress while continuing to implement the highest international standards of safety, security and quality.

"I am proud of the continued adherence to the highest standards of quality and safety displayed by our teams here in Barakah, the largest nuclear construction site in the world.

“Their commitment and dedication is a key factor in the continued construction of this strategic project that will power the growth of the UAE, and which is now more than 85% complete," added Al Hammadi.

The US$30bn Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located on the coast 300 km west of Abu Dhabi, is a source of national pride as well as a strategic investment in energy diversification and climate action.


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