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UAE’s first nuclear unit enters commercial operation

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Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear facility has been entered commercial operation, after the time period of 9 years of construction of the Arab world’s first nuclear power plant began. 

According to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC), Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear facility has entered commercial operation. ENEC announced this on Tuesday that Unit 1 operated by Nawah Energy Co., has been providing electricity to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since reaching 100% power in December 2020. The plant, which achieved start-up on 1st Aug and was connected to the grid later in the same month, is located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi. 

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in a Twitter post, “The start of commercial operations at the Barakah nuclear energy plant is a historic milestone for the UAE,” Construction of Unit 1 was completed in 2018. 

ENEC in a statement Tuesday said the 1,400-MW unit is now providing “constant, reliable and sustainable electricity around the clock.” ENEC has said the nuclear plant is “leading the decarbonization effort of any industry in the UAE to date.” 

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Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC, in a statement Tuesday said, “After more than a decade of strategic planning, program development and construction, today we are confidently marking the start of a new chapter in the UAE’s transition to cleaner energy sources. The Barakah Plant uses a proven technology for significantly reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, one of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced,” 

He added, “Our talented team of UAE Nationals and international experts has worked tirelessly with the support of our Leadership and international partners to reach this pivotal milestone in the UAE Program’s history.” 

The Barakah plant has been built by a consortium that is led by the Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO). The completed plant will include 4 APR-1400 advanced light water reactors.  

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