UAE’s Barakah nuclear energy plant unit 2 passes pre-operational test

7 August 2018 (Last Updated August 7th, 2018 11:58)

UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the completion of hot functional testing (HFT) on unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear energy plant.

UAE’s Barakah nuclear energy plant unit 2 passes pre-operational test
Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. Credit: Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation.

UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the completion of hot functional testing (HFT) on unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear energy plant.

For this test, ENEC has worked closely with the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), which is the joint venture (JV) partner as well as the prime contractor for the Barakah project.

ENEC noted that the pre-operational testing process was carried out by incorporating all lessons learned from the same test on unit 1 in order to achieve international standards of quality, safety and efficiency.

"By incorporating the lessons learned from the same tests on unit 1, we continue to establish Barakah as the benchmark for new nuclear construction projects worldwide."

The HFT was conducted under the observation of the UAE’s independent nuclear regulatory body Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).

During the test, components were checked for thermal expansion, vibration and wear. The results demonstrated that all systems performed in accordance with the quality and safety standards under normal operating conditions.

ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi said: “We are proud to have maintained our track record of safety and efficiency with the successful completion of hot functional testing on unit 2.

“By incorporating the lessons learned from the same tests on unit 1, we continue to establish Barakah as the benchmark for new nuclear construction projects worldwide.

“Keeping construction progress approximately one year apart for each of the units at Barakah makes it possible for us to implement all lessons learned from one unit to the subsequent ones, in line with international best practices in the management of megaprojects.”

Construction works on unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear energy plant began in April 2013, one year after unit 1.

Unit 1 has been handed over to Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), a JV subsidiary in charge of operations for preparation to operate, pending regulatory approval.

Barakah nuclear energy plant, which features four units, is reported to have progressing safely and steadily and will deliver safe, clean, reliable and efficient electricity to the UAE grid.