Minister tours UAE’s first nuclear power plant

Pictures inside the Barakah plant as Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed inspects the project, which is 76% complete


Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has praised the “huge effort” of workers as he visited the Barakah nuclear power plant being built in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Abdullah inspected progress of work and facilities including the main control room and the turbines at Unit 1, the most advanced among the four units of what will be the UAE’s first nuclear power plant.


He inspected the progress of construction work, the operational readiness of Unit 1 and the procedures to ensure compliance with the highest levels of safety and quality, according to UAE state news agency WAM.

“I was very pleased to visit the site of the Barakah peaceful nuclear energy plants. I thank all the workers for the huge effort they are making in this leading project. I also thank all our strategic partners,” he said.


“I particularly thank the national youth who have been playing a major role in this project since its launch. I also praise ENEC [Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation] for making efforts in preparing the young Emiratis to take part in all the phases of construction of leading project, including operation.”

“The Barakah nuclear energy project represents one of the epics of national work being done by Emiratis.”

ENEC, Nawah and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have made significant achievements in the project last year, WAM reported.


Unit 1 of the project, which was launched in 2012, is 94% complete. Overall, construction of the four units at the site is 76% complete.

When completed in 2020, the four reactors at Barakah will have a combined generating capacity enough to supply nearly one-quarter of electricity demand in the UAE.

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