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Work on UAE nuclear reactors to begin in December

Korean Times quotes unnamed Kepco official

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Work on the nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi will begin in December.
Work on the nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi will begin in December.

 The consortium around the Korea Electric Power Corp. (Kepco) will begin work on four nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi in December this year, reports the Korean Times.

The first of the 1,400 megawatt reactors in Braka, some 270 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, will come online in 2017, with the others following by 2020, The Korea Time reported on Sunday, quoting unnamed Kepco official.

State-controlled. (Kepco) won the US$20 billion deal to build nuclear reactors in December 2009.
"Both sides have agreed on holding a groundbreaking ceremony within this year," said the official. "We will be able to complete construction of the first reactor by 2017 if there are no major problems," it said.

Kepco will take on the full scope of works and services, including engineering, procurement, construction, nuclear fuel, and operations and maintenance support.

It will be assisted by its own subsidiaries and the other consortium members: Hyundai Engineering & Construction., Samsung C&T Corp., Doosan Heavy and Engineering, Korea Nuclear Fuel, the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, the US firm Westinghouse Electric Co., and Japan's Toshiba Corp., Korea Time said.

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