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First UAE nuclear reactor more than half complete

Construction of Unit 1 is on track for 2017 start-up, says ENEC.

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has passed the half way stage of construction on the first of four nuclear reactors being developed in Abu Dhabi.

Unit 1 is now 57% complete while construction of the second reactor is also well underway, ENEC said in a statement, adding that the whole project is progressing "on time and on budget".

The first reactor is due to begin commercial operations in 2017 with the remaining three to follow in successive years to 2020.

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) recently announced that it had granted ENEC approval to commence construction of Units 3 and 4, following an 18 month review by the regulator and a team of nuclear energy experts.

Korea Electric Power Corp won a contract in 2009 to complete four APR-1400 reactors that will provide approximately 25% of the UAE's electricity needs.

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