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UAE nuclear power plant ‘70% complete’

‘Substantial progress’ made in the construction of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi – official

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Construction of the UAE’s first nuclear energy plant is progressing with works now 70% complete, according to a senior official.

There has been “substantial progress” in the construction of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, said Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC),

“All four units at Barakah are some 70 per cent complete, an amazing achievement, considering that we started construction a mere four years ago,” he was quoted as saying by UAE state news agency WAM.

“Most recently, we installed Unit 3’s Reactor Vessel, completed the construction of the concrete dome for the Unit 2 Reactor Containment Building, and are progressing steadily through the testing and commissioning phase at Unit 1, where the structural integrity and integrated leak tests were recently completed.”

A year ago, construction works at Barakah reached a milestone when it became the world’s first nuclear plant at which four identical reactors are being built simultaneously on one site.

About 18,000 people were working on the site at the time. Barakah is located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais.

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