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ENEC breaks ground on fourth nuclear reactor

UAE plant becomes first project to have four identical units simultaneously under construction.

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UAE Minister of Energy Al Mazrouei and ENEC CEO Al Hammadi
UAE Minister of Energy Al Mazrouei and ENEC CEO Al Hammadi

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has broken ground on the fourth 1,600MW reactor at its nuclear power plant at Barakah, Abu Dhabi.

The milestone means all four reactors are now simultaneously under construction, a world first. More than 18,000 staff are on site working to deliver nuclear energy to the UAE from 2017.

To mark the event, UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, was given a tour of the site by ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi.

The visit included an update on ENEC’s Culture of Safety and specific demonstrations on how the organization prioritizes the safety and quality of all work performed at the Barakah site.

“I am extremely proud to be here today at Barakah to witness this momentous occasion as ENEC enters a new phase of development by delivering the only nuclear energy construction site in the world to have four identical nuclear reactors underway simultaneously,” said Al Mazrouei.

“Nuclear energy will play a critical role in the provision of sustainable energy to power the future of the UAE and, while the pace and sophistication of this historic program continues to grow, I am consistently impressed to see ENEC deliver its project to the highest international standards of safety, quality and performance. This approach ensures the long-term sustainability of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program.”

The UAE’s first nuclear energy plant is located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais.

The first unit, which is more than 75% complete, sis scheduled to commence operations in 2017. A unit will be brought online every 12 months until all four are up and running in 2020.

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