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UAE nuclear energy plant Unit 1 reaches 50% power capacity
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 22 - 09 - 2020

Nawah Energy Company, Nawah, the Joint Venture nuclear operations and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), and Korea Electric Power Corporation, KEPCO, announced on Tuesday that the reactor of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved 50 percent of its electricity production capacity.
The milestone achievement was announced on the sidelines of the 64th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, where the United Arab Emirates hosted a side event entitled "UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program: The Journey".
Reaching 50 percent power at Unit 1 of Barakah is an important step in the process of Power Ascension Testing, PAT, and comes at a historic time for the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme, one month after the safe and successful completion of the synchronization of Unit 1 to the UAE transmission grid and the dispatch of the first megawatts of clean electricity from the Barakah Plant to the nation.
Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the chief executive officer of ENEC, said, "The UAE is now producing clean, baseload electricity through Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant, and the Unit has now achieved 50 percent power as part of the Power Ascension Testing our teams at Nawah are currently undertaking. Safety and quality-led progress is continuing to be made across all four Units of the Plant, and we are delighted to participate in the IAEA General Conference to share the latest updates with our industry partners on this strategic clean energy infrastructure project for the UAE."
"The UAE peaceful nuclear energy program is an engine of growth for our nation, delivering abundant clean electricity to support the UAE's economic diversification efforts, while in parallel contributing to the country's climate change commitments," added Al Hammadi.
Ali Al Hammadi, the chief executive officer of Nawah, commented, "This is a proud moment for everyone involved in the delivery of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, as we mark the continued progress being made at Unit 1. We are operating Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant with an absolute commitment to safety and quality as we advance one step further towards commercial operations."
"The PAT process is safely and successfully on track and moving ahead in line with national regulatory requirements and the highest international standards, despite the challenging environment we are all facing globally. We are pleased to be part of the 64th IAEA General Conference during such a significant time in the development of the Barakah Plant, and we look forward to announcing further achievements over the coming months as we further increase the power levels of Unit 1 and continue with our operational readiness preparations for Unit 2," added Ali Al Hammadi.
The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is the cornerstone of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program, which adheres to the highest international standards of safety, security, quality, transparency, and non-proliferation. Through its role as the operator of the plant, Nawah is committed to ensuring the Barakah Plant is operated in line with all regulatory requirements and in full cooperation and collaboration with all relevant local, regional, and international stakeholders. — WAM


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