Arab world commissions first nuclear power plant


The United Arab Emirates entered the club of countries using civilian nuclear energy on Saturday with the commissioning of their Barakah plant, the first in the Arab world. “We are announcing today that the United Arab Emirates have successfully commissioned the number one reactor at the Barakah power plant, the first in the Arab world,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rached al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the Emirates and ruler of Dubai. “This is a historic moment for the Emirates in their goal commented Hamad Alkaabi, representative of the Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also welcoming the “success” from the start of the installation.

The Emirates announced on February 17 that it had given the green light to start the plant after a series of tests – without giving a date for its commissioning – and had entrusted its operation to Nawah Energy Company. This company, founded in 2016, will eventually operate and maintain the four reactors at the power plant located in the northwest of the country, according to its website.

“This is a new step in our march towards the development of peaceful nuclear energy,” said Mohammed ben Zayed al-Nahyane, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

The facility was built by a consortium led by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and South Korea’s Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), at an estimated cost of $ 24.4 billion.

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