Canada The Emirates start the first Arab nuclear power plant

15:16  01 august  2020
15:16  01 august  2020 Source:   france24.com

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United Arab Emirates is installing nuclear - powered plants to meet their electricity demand, which is estimated to increase from 15 GWe to over 40 GWe in 2020. In December, 2009 US and UAE signed a Section 123 Agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation.

The United Arab Emirates has launched operations at the Arab world's first nuclear power plant , on the Gulf coast just east of Qatar. The plant was expected to open in 2017 but the start -up was repeatedly delayed because of various safety issues. The oil-rich UAE wants Barakah to meet a

La centrale nucléaire de Barakah aux Emirats arabes unis, photo diffusée le 13 février 2020 © - The Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates, photo released on February 13, 2020

The United Arab Emirates entered the club of countries using civilian nuclear energy on Saturday with the commissioning of their Barakah power plant, the first in the Arab world.

"We are announcing today that the United Arab Emirates have successfully commissioned the number one reactor at the Barakah power plant, the first in the Arab world", tweeted Sheikh Mohammed ben Rached al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

La centrale nucléaire de Barakah aux Emirats arabes unis, photo diffusée le 1er août 2020 © STRINGER Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates, photo released on August 1, 2020

"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, representative of the Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also welcoming the "success" of the start-up of the installation.

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The United Arab Emirates has become the first nation in the Arab world to produce nuclear energy, following the start -up of a newly constructed plant in Abu Dhabi. The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant ’s Unit 1 is now using nuclear fuel to produce energy after the facility successfully executed initial tests

Nuclear Power in United Arab Emirates (UAE), country The UAE is embarking upon a nuclear power programme in close consultation with the International Nawah said in May 2018 that the delay to the start -up of unit 1 "reflects the time required for the plant 's nuclear operators to complete the

Avec ses quatre réacteurs, la centrale nucléaire doit fournir environ 25% des besoins des Emirats © - With its four reactors, the nuclear power plant must supply around 25% of the UAE's needs

The Emirates announced on February 17 that it had given the green light to start the plant after a series of tests - without however give a date for its commissioning - and have entrusted its operation to Nawah Energy Company.

This company, founded in 2016, will eventually operate and maintain the four reactors at the power plant located in the northwest of the country, according to its website.

"This is a new step in our march towards the development of peaceful nuclear energy", then rejoiced Mohammed ben Zayed al-Nahyane, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The facility was built by a consortium led by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and South Korea's Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), at an estimated cost of $ 24.4 billion.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has begun start -up operations in the initial unit of its first nuclear power plant , the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said on Saturday. The Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, a major oil producer, is being built by Korea Electric

Barakah nuclear plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline west of the United Arab Emirates capital Barakah Nuclear Power Plant /AFP. The UAE started loading fuel rods into the reactor at Barakah in February, after regulators gave the green light for the first of the plant 's four

La centrale nucléaire de Barakah, aux Emirats arabes unis, le 12 novembre 2019 © - The Barakah nuclear power plant, in the United Arab Emirates, November 12, 2019

The first of the four reactors was to be commissioned at the end of 2017 but the start date has been postponed several times to satisfy, according to responsible, under legal security conditions.

- 25% of needs -

When fully operational, the four reactors will have the capacity to produce 5,600 megawatts of electricity, or about 25% of the needs of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

The federal state, made up of seven emirates, has a population of 9.3 million, of which around 80% are expatriates.

Electricity needs are increasing due in particular to the use of air conditioning during scorching summers.

ENEC, a state-owned company, announced in December that the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor would take place during the first quarter of 2020.

Emirati officials have insisted on the "peaceful" nature of their nuclear program and ensure that 'it does not contain any military component, in a context of heightened regional tensions.

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DUBAI (Sputnik) - Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced on Saturday the successful launch of the Barakah NPP, the first commercial nuclear power station in the Arab world.

The United Arab Emirates has begun start up operations in the first unit of the Barakah nuclear power plant , Dubai's ruler said on Twitter on Saturday. "Today we announce the UAE's success in operating the first peaceful nuclear energy reactor in the Arab world," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

"The Emirates remain attached to the highest standards of nuclear security and non-proliferation as well as to solid and continuous cooperation with the IAEA and national and international partners," Hamad Alkaabi stressed in February.

The country has hosted more than forty international missions and inspections by the IAEA and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) since 2010.

But neighboring Qatar considers the Barakah plant a "threat to regional peace" .

Like several of its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi is diplomatic with Qatar, with which it no longer maintains official relations since June 2017.

Asked by AFP about the risk that this project will exacerbate tensions in the region, Mr. Alkaabi wanted to be reassuring in February: "I tell the critics that if you have any questions, you can ask them, we will be happy to answer them (...) and the Emirates are part of many conventions, including the one on nuclear security ".

Abu Dhabi also maintains strained ties with Tehran, which was also heavily sanctioned by the international community because of its controversial nuclear program until the signing of an agreement with the major world powers in 2015 in Vienna.

But Washington unilaterally withdrew from this agreement in May 2018, reinstating several sets of sanctions against Iran. As a result, the latter notably resumed uranium enrichment in September 2019 at its Natanz site.

Located on the coast, Barakah is therefore separated from Iran, opposite, only by the waters of the Gulf.

A great ally of the Emirates, the United States is leading a policy of "maximum pressure" against the Islamic Republic, accused of sowing trouble in the region.

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