Containment liner plate installed at Barakah
ENEC installs first section of 2000 tonne safety barrier at Unit 1
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced that it has installed the Containment Liner Plate (CLP) in Barakah Unit 1’s Reactor Containment Building (RCB). The CLP is one of the key ‘defence-in-depth’ barriers that ensures the continued safety of nuclear power plants. It is a cylindrical steel sheel that forms the inner wall, ceiling and floor of the RCB.
ENEC and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have put the first modularised sections of the 2,000 tonnes steel cylinder in place – the culmination of months of preparation work.
ENEC has said that, with the installation of the CLP continuing, it is still on track to deliver the first Unit by 2017. A total of four reactors are planned to be in service by 2020.
“As we continue to make steady progress on construction, we remain firmly committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety, security and quality in everything we do. This installation was a challenging and complicated operation. Its successful completion is a testament to the strong safety culture we have fostered here at Barakah,” said ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi.
“The Liner Plate plays a fundamental role in ensuring the safety of the containment structure, which is where the nuclear reactor is housed. It is one of the many physical barriers that ensure the safety of our employees, the community and the environment and make Generation III+ nuclear energy plants incredibly robust structures,” he added.
A specially designed Very Heavy Lift (VHL) crane, with a lifting capacity of 1,600 tonnes, was shipped to Abu Dhabi for the installation. Because of the scale of the Liner Plate, the component is built in multiple parts and stages, with 19 separate liner rings making up the structure. Over the next ten months, the Barakah team will continue to fabricate and install the remaining 14 CLP sections.