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ENEC deal will connect nuclear power to UAE grid

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in UAE has signed an agreement that paves the way for transmission of power generated from nuclear plants to the national grid

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in UAE has signed an agreement that paves the way for transmission of power generated from nuclear plants to the national grid.

The connection and interface agreement (C&IA) was signed with the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company (TRANSCO).

The agreement establishes a contractual operating framework between the two entities that will allow for the electricity generated from ENEC’s four nuclear energy units located in Barakah to be transmitted over TRANSCO’s power lines to the UAE grid.

“The C&IA agreement that will allow for the nuclear energy plants in Barakah to safely supply the UAE with clean, reliable and sustainable electricity to power the nation,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC CEO.

The agreement allows ENEC to prepare for the energisation of the switchyard, which is an important milestone for the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program and the delivery of the four nuclear energy reactors.

The energisation of an electrical infrastructure is a safety test performed under the supervision of qualified experts to examine new electric equipment and verify its conformity to the regulatory requirements.

This important phase allows the equipment to be energised and for testing to be performed. Once the equipment is deemed satisfactory for normal service, the equipment is turned over to the system operator for normal service.

“We are pleased to support ENEC in what is a strategically important development for the United Arab Emirates. Finalising the connection and interface agreement is a milestone event that signifies the commitment of TRANSCO to this project and its objectives,” said Mohammed Bin Jarsh stated, CEO, TRANSCO.

Unit 1 at Barakah is currently over 84% complete, while unit 2 has reached 64% completion, unit 3 is 41% and unit 4 25%.

All four units and the associated subsidiary buildings are now over 58% complete and, pending regulatory approval, the four nuclear energy units are scheduled to be operative in 2020.
 

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