ENEC installs reactor 2 of Barakah nuclear plant
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed attends ceremony at the plant in western Abu Dhabi.
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has installed the second reactor vessel at the nuclear power plant in Barakah.
A ceremony to mark the occasion was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed at the plant site in western Abu Dhabi.
“I am proud to be here in Barakah today to witness the delivery of yet another safe and on-time milestone in the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme,” Sheikh Hamdan said.
“Safe, clean and reliable nuclear energy has an important role to play in the future of our nation and in the Western Region in particular.
“The role of the peaceful nuclear energy programme in the Western Region is instrumental and will bring many benefits, from the creation of high-value job opportunities to the emergence of a sophisticated new industrial sector to support operations in Barakah.”
Sheikh Hamdan signed the base of the reactor vessel before it was placed inside the Unit 2 reactor containment building.
A consortium led by Korea Electric Power Company (Kepco) is developing a plans with four reactors each with a capacity of 1,400MW.
The first unit is now more than 73% complete and expected to enter commercial operations in 2017. Unit 2 is 50% complete and expected to follow in 2018, pending regulatory approval from the Federal Authority on Nuclear Regulation.
All four units are expected to be up and running by 2020.