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Unit 1 of UAE’s nuclear plant nears completion

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced a crucial step towards the commercial operation of its nuclear plant following the success of Cold Hydrostatic Testing (CHT) at Unit 1 in Barakah

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The Barakah nuclear plant will generate capacity of approximately 5,600MW
The Barakah nuclear plant will generate capacity of approximately 5,600MW

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced a crucial step towards the commercial operation of its nuclear plant following the success of Cold Hydrostatic Testing (CHT) at Unit 1 in Barakah.

Unit 1 is now more than 84% complete and is scheduled to begin operations next year.

The test verified that welds, joints, pipes and components of the reactor coolant system and associated high-pressure systems meet quality standards, as per the regulations of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

During the testing, previously processed water filled the primary circuit and was circulated by the reactor coolant pumps. These pumps will help to maintain a safe temperature inside the reactor during operations, the statement added.

The test follows the completion of the energisation of the switchyard for units one and two and the “substantial completion” of the auxiliary building at unit one.

ENEC’s chief executive officer Mohamed Al Hammadi said: “With the completion of cold hydrostatic testing at unit one and the energisation of the switchyard, we are moving closer to achieving our goal of supplying up to a quarter of our nation’s electricity needs with low-carbon, sustainable nuclear energy.”

The switchyard connects the plant with the transmission network of the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company and the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority, allowing electricity that will be generated at the plant to be carried to UAE homes and businesses.

It also enables the plant to draw power from the transmission grid to support commissioning and operational testing.

The Barakah nuclear plant will eventually consist of four nuclear power generating units, housed in two plants, with a combined capacity of approximately 5,600MW.

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