Thirteen months after the startup for Unit 1 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Abu Dhabi Emirate, Unit 2 has been successfully started up as well, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation said.
Operator Nawah Energy Company said the unit in the Al Dhafra Region of the Emirate, that will undergo testing a month or more of testing, was fired up on August 27. The next status milestone is the declaration of the reactor as a “commercial” reactor, safety fully vetted by the completion of extensive tests. Unit 1 at the plant reached commercial status five months ago.
The plant, a first for the oil-rich Middle East, is emblematic of the globe’s urgent need to combat global warming.
Testing has been undertaken with the continued oversight of the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and follows the World Association of Nuclear Operator’s (WANO) completion of a Pre Start-up Review (PSUR), prior to receipt of the Operating License, which ensures Unit 2 is aligned with international best practice in the nuclear energy industry.
Nawah is a Joint Venture nuclear operations and maintenance subsidiary of ENEC and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), which designed the plant and remains the principal builder.
“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. We are proud of the leading role that Emirati women have played in achieving continuous progress at Barakah and it is a timely moment to celebrate the start-up of Unit 2 on the eve of nationals annual Emirati Women’s Day celebration,” said His Excellency Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC.
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