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US News Emirates: entry into service of the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world

15:50  01 august  2020
15:50  01 august  2020 Source:   challenges.fr

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Centrale nucléaire Barakah © BARAKAH NUCLEAR POWER PLANT / AFP Barakah nuclear power plant The first nuclear power plant in the Arab world entered into service this Saturday in the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates announced this Saturday the entry into service of their Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in the Arab world.

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

"This is a historic moment for the Emirates in their objective of providing a new form of clean energy to the nation," said Hamad Alkaabi, the representative of the Emirates to the International Energy Agency. atomic (IAEA).

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The United Arab Emirates has launched operations at the Arab world 's first nuclear power plant , on the Gulf coast just east of Qatar. Qatar is a bitter regional rival of the UAE and Saudi Arabia . Across the Gulf lies Iran, hostile to the UAE, and subject to US sanctions because of its controversial nuclear

The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant is the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world . Twelve years in the making, the project involved collaboration with ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The independent nuclear regulator for the United Arab Emirates on Monday issued the operating license

In February, the Emirati authorities gave the green light for the operation of the nuclear power plant located in the north-west of the country, without giving a date for its commissioning.

Founded in 2016, Nawah Energy Company will eventually operate and maintain the four reactors to be installed there, according to the company's website.

Estimated cost of 24.4 billion dollars

Construction is carried out by a consortium led by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the South Korean Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), at an estimated cost of 24.4 billion of dollars.

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 meet, according to officials, the legal safety conditions.

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.

(With AFP)

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