First reactor vessel for Nuclear power arrives in Abu Dhabi

The first Reactor Vessel (RV) for the UAE’s nuclear energy plants arrived in Barakah in the Western Region (Al Gharbia) of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

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Published: Wed 21 May 2014, 11:24 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:44 PM

Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and South Korean President Park Geun-hye witnessed a ceremony to mark the arrival of the first Reactor Vessel.

In his remarks, Shaikh Mansour expressed his delight at this milestone, describing the arrival of the Reactor Vessel as an important achievement that bears the best testimony to the strong relationship between the UAE and South Korea and their fruitful cooperation in making this project a success in accordance with the highest standards of quality. “Peaceful nuclear energy plays a significant role in the future of our nation as these plants will provide us with electricity which we need to fulfil our needs. In addition, the programme will provide many opportunities for our national human resources, and will improve their skills and knowledge to contribute to the UAE’s economic prosperity,” added Shaikh Mansour.

In 2009, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) awarded the prime contract to construct the UAE’s nuclear energy plants to a consortium led by the Korean Electric Power Company (KEPCO), one of the world leaders in safety, plant reliability and efficiency. Together, Enec and KEPCO have made significant progress in the construction of the plants, with works of Units 1 & 2 now 44 per cent complete.

The RV is one of the most important features and largest components in a nuclear energy plant. Inside the vessel, controlled nuclear reactions occur that release energy that will be transformed into safe, clean and reliable electricity that will power the UAE. It is also one of the many defence-in-depth barriers that ensure the safety of nuclear energy plants.

During the visit, Shaikh Mansour and President Park Geun-hye witnessed the signing of three strategic memorandums of understanding on nuclear energy cooperation between the UAE and South Korea.

The first agreement was signed between the Enec and the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy for cooperation in developing a direct employment programme in nuclear energy for graduates from South Korea. The second MoU between Enec, KEPCO and the South Korea Nuclear Association for International Cooperation will help develop internship programmes and job opportunities in the nuclear energy sector for students of both nations; while the third agreement between Enec, KEPCO and its subsidiaries will see the partners work towards the development of a local plant services industry in the UAE.

“It is with great pride that we welcome these dignitaries to Barakah today, the home of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme. With the arrival of our first Reactor Vessel, Enec and KEPCO remain on track to deliver the country’s first nuclear energy reactor, Barakah Unit 1, in 2017,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of Enec.

“We are committed to delivering a world-class programme from construction through to operations, and while Barakah continues to grow quickly, I am proud of our dedication to carrying out work with safety and quality on top of our mind at all times.”

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