World The Arab world commissions its first nuclear power station

11:25  02 august  2020
11:25  02 august  2020 Source:   latribune.fr

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arab - worlds - first - nuclear - power - plant "Today we officially announce the UAE's success in launching the first peaceful nuclear reactor in the Arab world at the Barakah station in Abu Dhabi. The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the United Arab Emirates began its start-up process in

Lorsqu'ils seront pleinement opérationnels, les quatre réacteurs de la centrale auront la capacité de produire 5.600 mégawatts d'électricité, soit environ 25% des besoins des Emirats arabes unis. © Provided by La Tribune When fully operational, the four reactors of the power station will have the capacity to produce 5,600 megawatts of electricity, or about 25% of the needs of United Arab Emirates.

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 bin Rached al-Maktoum, Premier Minister of the Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. "This is a historic moment for the Emirates in their objective, commented Hamad Alkaabi, representative of the Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also welcoming the" success "of the start of the installation.

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The United Arab Emirates has launched a nuclear energy plant on Saturday, the first such project in the oil-rich Arab world .

The oil-rich United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced the startup of its Barakah nuclear power plant , scoring another first for the Arab world . A file photo taken on November 12, 2019 and obtained as a handout picture from the media office of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant shows a

The Emirates announced on February 17 that it had given the green light to start the plant after a series of tests - without giving a date for its commissioning - and had entrusted its operation to Nawah Energy Company. founded in 2016 must operate and ultimately maintain the four reactors of the power station located in the north-west of the country, according to its website.

"This is a new step in our march towards the development of peaceful nuclear energy" Mohammed ben Zayed al-Nahyane, crown prince of Abu Dhabi was then delighted.

The installation was built by a consortium led by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the South Korean Korea Electric Power Corporation ( KEPCO), for u n estimated cost of 24.4 billion dollars.

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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 Once operation of the plant begins, the UAE will become the newest member of an exclusive club of currently just 30 countries running nuclear power

The Barakah nuclear power station , which was originally scheduled to open in 2017, has been The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Saturday that it has started operations in the first of four reactors at the Barakah nuclear power station - the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world .

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.

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 contains no military component, in a context of heightened regional tensions.

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A photo provided by United Arab Emirates government shows the Barakah nuclear power plant .Credit United Arab Emirates News Agency.

Barakah nuclear plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline west of the United Arab Emirates capital Barakah Nuclear Power The announcement, coinciding with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, comes hot on the heels of the UAE's launch of the Arab world 's first probe to

"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 cold with Qatar, with which it has not maintained official relations since June 2017.

Asked by AFP on the risk that this project will exacerbate tensions in the region, Hamad Alkaabi wanted to be reassuring in February:

"I say to the critics that if you have any questions, you can ask them, we will be happy to answer them (...) and the Emirates do 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 the deal in May 2018, reinstating several sanctions packages 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. Great ally of the Emirates, the United States is pursuing a policy of "maximum pressure" against the Islamic Republic, accused of sowing trouble in the region.

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