Construction on the first unit of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant (NEP) is complete following 69 months of work, noting the first nuclear reactor of four.
The plant marks the first nuclear reactor for the UAE, which has traditionally relied on energy from oil.
The project’s Unit 2 is 92% complete, construction of Unit 3 is at 81%, and Unit 4 is 66% ready – totalling an average of the entire plat being 86% complete.
Emirate Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) appointed Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in 2009 as its joint venture partner and prime contractor for the Barakah project.
The NEP is currently under completion of its operational readiness operations, required for the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation’s Operating License approval.
“This is a historic moment in our nation’s development as we celebrate the construction completion of Unit 1 of the Barakah [NEP],” stated HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
“The UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme will play a strategic role in the growth of our nation by enhancing our energy security, diversifying our economy, and creating employment opportunities for our people, thereby helping secure the future of generations to come.”
“Today is a historic day for the energy sector of the UAE, as we continue to make progress on one of our nation’s most significant projects.”