Construction works on UAE third nuclear reactor completed

7 Nov 2021
Construction works on UAE third nuclear reactor completed

The UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced that construction works on the third reactor of the federal 5.6GW Barakah nuclear power plant have been completed

The UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced that construction works on the third reactor of the federal 5.6GW Barakah nuclear power plant have been completed.

According to Enec, the third 1.4GW reactor is on track to deliver electricity to the grid by 2023, pending all of the relevant approvals.

In September, Energy & Utilities reported that the second unit of the of the Barakah nuclear power plant had been connected to the national grid.

The activation of the second reactor came a year after the start-up of the first reactor and five months after commercial operations of the first reactor began.

“We have reached another major milestone in the delivery of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program today, as part of our journey to power the UAE with clean, abundant 24/7 electricity,” Mohamed Ibrahim al-Hammadi, Enec’s CEO, said following the connection of the second reactor to the grid.

“The Barakah Plant supports the sustainable growth and prosperity of the nation. With the start-up of Unit 2, we are now almost halfway to achieving our goal of supplying up to a quarter of our nation’s electricity needs and enabling sustainable growth and in parallel, achieving UAE climate change targets,” added Al-Hammadi.

Following the connection of the second reactor to the grid, Nawah will gradually raise the power levels, a process known as power ascension testing (PAT), until the 1.4GW second unit is fully operational.

The $25bn Barkah nuclear power plant began in April this year, marking a major milestone for the Arab world's first nuclear power plant.

Operations for the first reactor of the 5.6GW Barakah nuclear power plant began on 1 August 2020. When fully operational, the plant will have the capacity to deliver up to a quarter of the UAE’s total electricity requirements.

The consortium developing the project, including Kepco and other South Korean firms Doosan Heavy Industries and Samsung Corporation, was awarded an estimated $20bn contract to develop the project in 2009. Construction work on the plant began in 2011.

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