UAE to operate first nuclear power plant in months

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Two Emirati officials said on Monday that the first nuclear power station in the Emirates will start work in “a few months” after several delays to meet safety and regulatory requirements.

The first Emirati nuclear reactor, the Baraka Station, was scheduled to open in late 2017, but was delayed several times.

“The work of (the first plant) is scheduled to start in a few months,” Abu Owaida Al-Murar, head of the Energy Department in Abu Dhabi, told reporters.

Al-Murar stressed that the first nuclear fuel will be loaded in the next few months in order to prepare the reactor for work.

This will be the first nuclear reactor to start operating in the Arab world.

On his part, the UAE Minister of State and CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company “ADNOC” Sultan Al Jaber confirmed that the operation will start this year.

“We will add peaceful and clean nuclear energy to our domestic resource portfolio, and through cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, this year the UAE will become the first country in the region to manage a nuclear energy production plant for commercial purposes safely and peacefully,” Al-Jaber said at the opening of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced last month that nuclear fuel would be loaded at the first plant of its nuclear project in 2020.

The Barakah plant is located in the west of Abu Dhabi, and a consortium led by the Korean “KIPCO” built it in an agreement worth more than $ 20 billion.

Upon completion, the four power reactors will save about 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs, according to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation.

The UAE says it wants to produce 50% of its energy from clean sources by 2050.

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