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UAE n-plant’s Unit 1 achieves safe startup

Barakah is a major step toward generation of clean power

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said its operations and maintenance subsidiary Nawah Energy Company has successfully started up Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

This is an historic milestone in the delivery of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, as part of the process towards generating clean electricity for the nation for at least the next 60 years.

Since it received the operating license from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in February 2020, and the completion of fuel assembly loading in March 2020, Nawah, a joint venture between ENEC and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), has been safely progressing through a comprehensive testing program prior to completing the startup of the first nuclear energy reactor of the Barakah plant.

Unit 1's reactor is safely producing heat, which is used to create steam, driving a turbine to generate electricity. After some weeks of testing, Unit 1 will connect to the UAE’s electricity grid, delivering the first megawatts of clean power.