Testing and commissioning of the reactor to begin following completion of major construction and installation of key components
Construction of Unit 3 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved a number of key milestones according to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). ENEC says that it has completed major construction work including major concrete pouring, installation of the turbine generator, as well as the internal components of the reactor vessel.
With the completion of these milestones, construction crews are now expected to begin working on Unit 4. In addition to completing major construction and concrete work, Unit 3 is said to be connected to the Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company’s (Transco’s) transmission grid. This process took place following the safe and successful energisation of the Unit’s Standby Auxiliary Transformers and Auxiliary Power Systems.
“I am proud of the continued adherence to the highest standards of quality and safety displayed by our teams here in Barakah, which is setting the benchmark for efficiency in nuclear energy plant construction projects around the world. These construction milestones have been achieved as a result of our extensive collaboration with our Prime Contractor and Joint Venture partner, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), as well as sub-contractors such as the Hyundai-Samsung Joint Venture (HSJV),” said Eng Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC.
Following the completion of major work on Unit 3, a number of activities will now take place including preparations for commissioning of Unit 3’s mechanical and electrical systems and significant testing.
ENEC notes that work at the Barakah project is progressing steadily with construction of Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 4 standing at 93%, 83% and 72% respectively at the end of May 2018. Overall construction on the project is now said to be 89% complete.