UAE's nuclear power project nears completion

Once all reactors are fully operational, they will produce up to 25% of the UAE’s energy needs by 2021


Leading nuclear energy experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and senior UAE officials visited the plant on Sunday, witnessing the significant progress being made across all four units.

The delegation observed all of the key updates to the construction of the units which are being developed to the highest standards of nuclear quality, safety and security.

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said work is progressing at a steady pace on its ambitious Barakah project in Abu Dhabi, UAE with over 84 per cent of the construction already completed at all the four units of the plant.

The visit came ahead of the IAEA International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st  Century, which ends tomorrow (November 1) in Abu Dhabi.

According to Enec, the work at Unit 1 is more than 96 per cent over, while Unit 2 has witnessed over 87 per cent of the job competed , Unit 3 with more than 78 per cent, and Unit 4 now 58 per cent complete.

“We have now reached the final stages of construction for our first nuclear power plant with the commissioning process well underway. The construction of all four reactors continues to progress with an overall completion of 84 per cent,” said Suhail Mohammad Al Faraj Al Mazroui, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry on the first day of the conference.

“Once all reactors are fully operational, they will produce up to 25 per cent of the UAE’s energy needs by 2021,” he added.

“The UAE has made large headway in developing a nuclear energy plan, our country has modernised its infrastructure in this regard based on the guidelines of the IAEA as well as best international practices,” he said.

Al Mazroui also said that the UAE was committed to achieving a clean energy plan by 2050 that would see CO2 emissions being reduced by 70 per cent in the country.


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