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Emirates announces the commissioning of the Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in the Arab world

August 1, 2020

The United Arab Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced on Saturday the commissioning of the first reactor at the Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in the Arab world, in the Al region of Dafra in the Emirate of Abu Dabi.

Once fully operational, the facility will produce 5.6 gigawatts of electricity and save a total of 21 million tons of CO2 emissions annually, which is equivalent to the annual distance of 3.2 million cars from the nation’s roads, the authorities say that the benefits of the facility will reach a quarter of the country’s 9.6 million residents.

Commissioning of the facility is part of the Pacific Nuclear Energy Program, which, according to the agency’s ENEC statement, was developed with the intention of “generating clean electricity for the nation for at least the next 60 years.” Emirati news officer WAM.

Emirates announces the commissioning of the Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in the Arab world
Emirates announces the commissioning of the Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in the Arab world

The plant was developed jointly by the ENEC nuclear subsidiary Nawah and the South Korean company Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), which are responsible for monitoring and control tests prior to the commissioning of the Unit 1 reactor. the plant, which is ready to connect to the national grid “and thus provide the first megawatts of clean electricity for households and companies in the country”.