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UAE marks historic milestone, starts up Barakah plant Unit 1

Aug 1, 2020 12:30 PM

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced that its operating and maintenance subsidiary Nawah Energy Company has successfully started up Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant located...

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company, has successfully started up Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant located in the Al Dhafrah region of Abu Dhabi.
 
The start-up of Unit 1 marks the first time that the reactor safely produces heat, which is used to create steam, turning a turbine to generate electricity. 
 
This step is the most historic milestone to date in the delivery of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme, as part of the process towards generating clean electricity for the Nation for at least the next 60 years.
 
Since receipt of the operating licence from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulations (FANR) in February and the completion of fuel assembly loading in March,  has been safely progressing through a comprehensive testing programme, prior to successfully completing the start-up of the first nuclear energy reactor of the Barakah plant.
 
Nawah, a joint venture between nuclear operations and maintenance subsidiary of Enec and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), said its qualified and licensed team of nuclear operators focus on safely controlling the process and controlling the power output of the reactor. 
 
After several weeks and conducting numerous safety tests, Unit 1 will be ready to connect to the UAE’s electricity grid, delivering the first megawatts of clean electricity to the homes and businesses of the Nation, it stated.
 
Testing has been undertaken with the continued oversight of FANR and follows the World Association of Nuclear Operator’s (Wano) completion of a pre start-up review in January, prior to receipt of the operating licence, which ensures Unit 1 is aligned with international best practice in the nuclear energy industry.
 
Enec CEO Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi said: "Today is a truly historic moment for the UAE. It is the culmination of more than a decade of vision, strategic planning and robust program management. Despite the recent global challenges, our team has demonstrated outstanding resilience and commitment to the safe delivery of Unit 1."
 
"We are now another step closer to achieving our goal of supplying up to a quarter of our Nation’s electricity needs and powering its future growth with safe, reliable, and emissions-free electricity," he noted.
 
"Through the realization of the vision of our leadership, the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has become an engine of growth for the nation. It will deliver 25 per cent of the UAE’s electricity with zero carbon emissions," stated Al Hammadi.
 
Also it will support economic diversification by creating thousands of high-value jobs through the establishment of a sustainable local nuclear energy industry and supply chain," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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