Emirates Nuclear Energy (ENEC) has installed the last major components of Unit 4 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Including steam generators and reactor vessels (RV), these components are the final pieces of equipment to be installed at the plant.
The newly installed RV weighs more than 500t and measures 15m in height. Heat produced in the RV is transferred to the steam generator and turns water into steam, which spins a turbine and generates electricity.
Equivalent to the length of a tennis court, the steam generators will be used to conduct a controlled nuclear reaction to generate clean and reliable electricity for the UAE grid. This will be used by homes and businesses across the country.
ENEC's board of directors' chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “The UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme supports the Abu Dhabi plan by contributing to a diversified energy mix and sustainable, long-term economic growth.
“The installation of the final reactor vessel and steam generators, as per the 2009 Prime Contract, is a great achievement.”
ENEC has so far completed more than 52% construction at Barakah plant's Unit 4. It has also completed more than 96% of work at Unit 1, 85% at Unit 2 and 75% at Unit 3. The units are yet to receive regulatory reviews and licensing.