UAE celebrates completion of first nuclear power plant in Arab world

UAE celebrates completion of first nuclear power plant in Arab world”

They visited the construction site and highlighted the importance of the milestone that sets the UAE as the first Arab country to deliver a commercial nuclear plant, as well as the first nuclear power newcomer since 1985, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.

Another stumbling block has been the refusal of UAE regulator the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) to yet give an operating licence to Nawah - the joint venture between KEPCO and ENEC, which will operate the plant. The plants are estimated to cost $25 billion and produce a combined 5,600 megawatts of power.

Unit 1 at Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, the first commercial reactor in the UAE, has been built with help from Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).

The UAE will be the first new country to acquire nuclear power in more than two decades.

The U.A.E. government expects the four Barakah plants to contribute nearly 25 percent of the nation's electricity after they're all operating, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. The U.A.E. now depends on imported natural gas to generate much of its electricity.

KEPCO is doing its best to get the reactor operational this year but there are still "some procedures to complete", the official said without elaborating.

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince inspected the nuclear power plant at Barakah, and posted photos from Monday's ceremony.

Shaikh Mohammad said that the completion of Barakah nuclear power plant is a historic achievement for the UAE, and contributes to consolidating its prestigious position on the worldwide map, particularly since the peaceful nuclear programme plays a pivotal role in boosting growth, diversifying the economy and securing a safe future for coming generations. "The accomplishment is even more notable, given the complete absence of any previous nuclear industry of infrastructure within the U.A.E".

It's one of the four nuclear reactors being constructed with South Korea's cooperation.

Construction of the Barakah complex began in 2012. The second reactor is 92 percent complete, the third 81 percent while 66 percent of the fourth has been completed, WAM reported.

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