UAE Completes Nuclear Reactor Vessel

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced completion of the third reactor vessel at Barakah in Abu Dhabi, which will house one of four 1.4GW nuclear reactors. These are being built by Korea’s Kepco Engineering and Construction and are scheduled to be operational in 2020.

Enec says that overall construction of the four plants is more than 65% complete. Reactor vessels for the Barakah-1 and Barakah-2 reactor were completed in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Enec recently completed structural integrity and leak rate tests on the Barakah-1 reactor containment building.

Although the UAE’s current 28.6GW of generating capacity is largely gas-fired, the nuclear program comprises the largest component of the 20.9GW under construction and planned. Besides 5.6GW of nuclear capacity, the UAE plans 5.45GW of solar, 5.07GW of coal-fired and 4.68GW of gas-fired.


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