MENA Nuclear Program Expanding, But Some Preliminary Schedules Sliding

The UAE is almost two-thirds along the path to becoming the region’s second nuclear generator after Iran, while Turkey’s plans are expanding. However, while other countries are committing to nuclear power their preliminary schedules are being extended.

Korean nuclear contractor Kepco is building four 1.4GW nuclear power plants at Barakah in Abu Dhabi for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). Meanwhile, the order book of Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom is growing. While gearing up to build new reactors in Turkey and Iran it has clinched preliminary project deals with Egypt, Jordan and Algeria.

Turkey already has four-plant deals with Rosatom and a Japanese/French consortium, but recently announced another. State generator EUAS will negotiate exclusively with US contractor Westinghouse and China’s state nuclear firm SNPTC for four 1.11GW reactors to be built at an unnamed site. This takes planned regional nuclear power capacity to 64.2GW, of which Iran intends to operate almost one-third.


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