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UAE first nuclear reactor to delay operations

Enec and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) have completed the initial construction activities for Unit 1 of the Barakah plant.

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has announced that operations at the first nuclear reactor of the UAE’s nuclear plant will start next year and not this year as earlier planned.

Enec and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) have completed the initial construction activities for Unit 1 of the Barakah plant.

The delay is to allow additional safety checks that will lead to the plant being given an operating licence whose application was submitted in March 2015.

The delay aims to ensure sufficient time for international assessments and adherence to nuclear industry safety standards, as well as a reinforcement of operational proficiency for plant personnel, said ENEC.

The reactor, one of four being built at the $20-bn Barakah plant west of Abu Dhabi by a consortium led by KEPCO, had been due to begin operating this year.

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