Preparations are underway for plant hot functional testing for Unit 2 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant construction project in the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced this week.
Announcing a "significant milestone" in the construction project, ENEC announced that key power transformers for Unit 2 had been safely energized in preparation for upcoming functionality tests, referred to as hot systems functionality checks, as technicians look for leaks and functionality with the plant's cooling systems at full pressure and under, operating temperatures.
"The energization of Unit 2’s MTR, Excitation Transformer and UAT allows for the initiation of Hot Functional Testing (HFT). These achievements mark another set of milestones in the safe and steadily progressing construction of ENEC’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi Emirate," ENEC said.
Over the past year, ENEC and primary contractor Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) have achieved a series of other construction milestones on the units of the Barakah Plant. The Reactor Containment Building Liner Dome section was installed and concrete pouring for the dome was completed on Unit 3, and the Reactor Containment Liner Plate Rings, Reactor Vessel, Steam Generators and Condenser were installed on Unit 4. Meanwhile, testing and commissioning activities are progressing on Units 1 and 2.
The facility has four reactor construction projects underway. Unit 4 at is more than 60 percent complete, Unit 3 is more than 79 percent complete, Unit 2 is more than 90 percent done and Unit 1 is currently undergoing commissioning and testing, the phase following construction completion.
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