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In the United Arab Emirates, the authorities have announced the entry into service of the Barakah nuclear power plant located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The wealthy federation made up of seven micro-states thus becomes the first Arab country to produce civilian nuclear energy.
Postponed several times,. More than a decade after unveiling their nuclear energy program, announced this Saturday, August 1, of the first reactor at the Barakah power plant, located in the northwest of the country, reports our correspondent in Dubai, Nicolas Keraudren.
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“This is a historic moment for the Emirates in their goal of providing a new form of clean energy to the nation,” commented Hamad Alkaabi, UAE representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , also welcoming the "success" of the start of the installation.
An estimated cost of 24.4 billion dollars
Commercial operations for this first reactor should begin before the end of the year. Ultimately, the nuclear power plant - inaugurated in 2011 shortly afterdisaster - will consist of 4 reactors. It will have the capacity to produce 5,600 megawatts of electricity, thus covering about 25% of the UAE's energy needs.
At an estimated cost of 24.4 billion dollars (22.5 billion euros), the nuclear power plant should also make it possible to support the diversification of the economy of the Arab Gulf monarchy, which is still very dependent on oil.
No military intention
The UAE authorities therefore unanimously welcomed this announcement while insisting on the “peaceful” nature of the approach while the region is in the grip of constant tensions. There is no intention of giving it a military component, they assured.
For its part, Qatar, on which the Emirates and other Arab countries impose a blockade, saw in the Emirati nuclear power plant a "flagrant threat to regional peace and the environment". Abu Dhabi responded by reiterating its commitment to “ensure the highest level of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation”.
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