UAE's first nuclear reactor over halfway complete

Report says unit being built by KEPCO hitting time and budget targets

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The first of the UAE's four planned nuclear reactors at Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi is more than halfway complete.

The organisation responsible for overseeing the plant's construction, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), has told The National newspaper that 55% of the first reactor, which is being built by South Korean firm Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), has now been finished.

Hamad Alkaabi, the UAE's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said: "After more than five years since the start-up of the UAE programme it is quite an achievement for the UAE, and the global nuclear sector, to be able to advance to such a stage in a steady and quality manner.”

The first reactor is due to be complete and commissioned by 2017, and the second reactor is due to come on line by 2019.

EMEC has said that all four of the initial plants are due to complete by 2020 and will eventually generate up to a quarter of the country's electricity needs.

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