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HILALCO wins $60mn UAE nuclear plant contract

The firm will construct a cooling water system for the nuclear plants

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Construction work at the Barakh nuclear plant
Construction work at the Barakh nuclear plant

Hilal Bil Badi and Partners Contracting Company (HILALCO) has won a US $60mn contract to construct a cooling water system for the four nuclear power plants the UAE has planned for Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.

The contract for the locally-based company was awarded by main contractor KEPCO and approved by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) following a competitive procurement tender participated by local and international companies.
HILALCO will construct circulating water intake structures (CWIS) which will form part of the circulating water system at the plants and provide cooling water for the turbine condensers and turbine generator building cooling water heat exchangers.
The construction of these reinforced concrete structures, which are designed to protect the marine environment and must meet the stringent environmental requirements outlined by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), is expected to take 45 months.

“We would like to congratulate HILALCO on securing this important contract and we now look forward to working with them. The fact that HILALCO has been able to win an international tender of this magnitude is an important achievement for the Emirati industry,” said Yagoob Al Shehhi, ENEC Executive Director of Procurement and Supply Chain.

“Our vision is to power the future growth and prosperity of the UAE through a safe, clean, efficient and reliable civil nuclear energy program. We are actively pursuing this vision through our quality management system and by working with the leading companies who are now able to bid for major contracts that can span decades.”

Pending regulatory approval, ENEC is constructing a total of four nuclear energy plants in Barakah. In July 2012, ENEC received its Construction License from the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and a No Objection Certificate from the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi for the construction of the first two plants, which are currently under construction.

The first plant is scheduled to commence operations in 2017, pending further regulatory approvals. As well as diversifying the nation’s energy supply, with four plants online by 2020, nuclear energy is expected to save the UAE up to 12 million tonens of CO2 emissions each year.

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