UAE and Korea to share APR1400 operating experience
Through the agreement, the two companies will share APR1400 operational experience at nuclear power plants in their respective countries
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) and the UAE's Nawah Energy Company have agreed to cooperate in the sharing of experience in the operation of Korean-designed APR1400 nuclear power reactors. South Korea's first APR1400 unit entered commercial operation in December 2015, while four such reactors are due to start up in the UAE by 2020.
Through the agreement, the two companies will share APR1400 operational experience at nuclear power plants in their respective countries. KHNP said the scope of the cooperation will gradually be expanded to include maintenance experience, the sharing of "urgent materials", and the joint purchase of spare components.
In a statement, a KHNP spokesperson said, "The signing of the agreement has created a foundation for APR1400 power plants [in both countries] to improve safety, reliability, efficiency and joint issues."
The first AP1400 reactor, unit 3 at KHNP's Shin Kori site in South Korea, reached first criticality in December 2015, was connected to the grid in January 2016 and entered commercial operation in December. A second unit, Shin Kori 4, is expected to start operating later this year, and two further AP1400s are under construction at Shin Hanul. South Korean regulators have approved the construction of two more AP1400 units at Shin Kori, while another two are also planned at Shin Hanul.
Construction of four APR1400 reactors at the UAE's Barakah site began in 2012. The plant is being built for Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) by a consortium led by the Korean Electric Power Company (Kepco). The first unit is scheduled to start up this year, with the other units following at yearly intervals until the plant is completed in 2020.