The UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has successfully installed its Unit Three reactor vessel (RV) at Barakah nuclear power plant, the first nuclear power station in the country.
Following the successful deployment of the Barakah Unit Two RV in 2015 and Unit One RV in 2014, the current installation marks the delivery of the third nuclear energy unit in the UAE.
ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi said: “ENEC is committed to delivering a world-class nuclear energy programme and as we move from construction through to operations we continue to improve, particularly in the overall project management.
“The phased approach to completing each unit with a substantial amount of time between each one, means each unit’s development adopts the efficiencies learned from the previous one.”
The 15m-high Unit Three RV, which weighs more than 400t, will eventually contain a controlled nuclear reaction that will help produce safe, clean and reliable nuclear energy to be supplied to the national grid.
Imported from South Korea, the RV also serves as one of the many defence-in-depth barriers that ensure the safety of nuclear energy plants.
Hammadi added: “Safe, clean and reliable nuclear energy has an important role to play in the future of our nation.
“The peaceful nuclear energy programme is instrumental and will bring many benefits, from the creation of high-value job opportunities to the emergence of a new sophisticated industrial sector to support operations in Barakah.”
With the completion of the four reactors, the Barakah nuclear power plant will be able to generate enough power to meet nearly 25% of the country’s electricity requirements.
The new nuclear plant will also be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 12 million tonnes every year.