The UAE officially declared of the completion of the construction of the first of four blocks of the Barakah nuclear power plant in the Al Gharbia region, 250 km from Abu Dhabi.
So, the UAE is the first Arab country having such a project. The step of the building of Block 1 is completed, now the project is being prepared for obtaining the license (FANR).
The construction was completed only thanks to the successful cooperation of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and its general partner Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the largest energy company of South Korea, consisting of six generating companies. It is engaged in the production, transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as the development of electricity projects, also in the field of thermal, wind and nuclear energy. It occupies 100% of the Korean market for the transportation and sale of electricity to consumers, of which 82% of electricity is provided by own capacities, the rest is purchased from other producers.
The process of the construction of the 1st block took more than 5,5 years.
The completion of the construction of the first block represents a historic moment in the development of the UAE. The energy program of the UAE will give opportunity for increasing energy security, diversifying the economy and creating jobs for the UAE citizens, which is of great importance for the future of the emirates.
ENEC selected KEPCO as the general contractor for the construction of the Barakah nuclear power plant in 2009.
A complex facility meets the highest standards of safety and quality. Now the efforts are aimed at the safe launch of the first power unit of the nuclear power plant.
It should be noted that Baraka NPP is the largest new nuclear power project in the world, it employs 4 APR-1400 reactors.
The construction of reactors 2, 3 and 4 is completed at 92, 81 and 66 percent, respectively.
To date, in general, the construction of theBarakah nuclear power plant completed by 86 percent. After the commissioning of all four reactors, the facility will provide about 25% of the country’s electricity needs, and carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 21 million tonnes per year.