Generators fit at UAE's Barakah nuclear plant unit

Steam generators, manufactured by Doosan Heavy Industries were installed at Barakah NPP's Unit 2 in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation confirmed

Unit 1 of Barakah NPP is due for completion by 2017.
Unit 1 of Barakah NPP is due for completion by 2017.

The UAE's Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced the successful installation of its Unit 2 Steam generators (SG) at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) site in Abu Dhabi. 

The two huge stainless steel SG units, which are similar in length to a tennis court, according to state agency WAM, were manufactured in South Korea over a period of four years by Doosan Heavy Industries, part of ENEC’s Korean Prime Contractor consortium.

Following manufacture, the generators were then shipped to Barakah where they were set in place inside the Unit 2 Reactor Containment Building.

Each of Barakah’s steam generators contain numerous tubes that safely carry heated processed water at high pressure. These tubes are made of an alloy composed of nickel, chromium and iron, making them strong and corrosion resistant, even at high temperatures.

Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC's CEO, said: "This is an important milestone in the continued progress and delivery of ENEC’s second unit, which is scheduled to come online approximately one year after the first unit, which will be in 2017.

"As with all of our work at Barakah, I am proud to see the team continue to deliver these significant achievements with safety, quality and performance as top priority at all times."

Over the next six months, further piping connection work will take place to connect the SGs to the Unit 2 reactor vessel, turbine generators, and condenser, in order to allow water and steam to pass in and out as required for the electricity production process.

Barakah NPP will consist of four nuclear power generating units, safely housed in two plants, with a combined capacity of approximately 5,600MW.

Barakah Unit 1 is now more than 75% complete, Unit 2 now 53% complete, and construction of the overall Units 1 to 4 programme now 50% complete.

ENEC’s first 1,400MW Unit is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Additional units will follow at twelve monthly intervals, with the fourth unit set to commence commercial operations in 2020, pending regulatory reviews and licensing.

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