Abu Dhabi — The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has marked the installation of its second Reactor Vessel (RV) at Barakah in the Western Region, where the UAE’s first nuclear energy plant is currently under construction.
During the ceremony, Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, said the major infrastructure projects currently being implemented in the Western Region are fully suited to meet the economic and social needs of the community, and will support the rapid pace of development in the region.
The installation is a milestone in the continued progress and delivery of the country’s second nuclear energy unit and follows the successful completion of the Barakah Unit 1 RV in May 2014.
The Barakah NPP will consist of four nuclear power generating units with a combined capacity of approximately 5,600MW and their associated facilities, with construction of the overall programme now more than 47 per cent complete.
“Safe, clean and reliable nuclear energy has an important role to play in the future of our nation and in the Western Region in particular,” said Shaikh Hamdan.
“The safe and successful installation of Enec’s second Reactor Vessel is the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication to the highest standards of safety and quality from our team. It represents an important element of the vast construction programme underway here at Barakah as we work towards the start of commercial operations in 2017 — the time when these reactors will begin producing the vital electricity needed to meet the country’s rapidly growing energy demands,” said Mohammed Al Hammadi, Enec’s CEO.
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