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Revealed: UAE's Barakah nuclear project 62% ready

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has revealed updates about construction progress at the UAE's upcoming nuclear energy facility

Construction works at Barakah NPP began in 2012.
Construction works at Barakah NPP began in 2012.

The UAE's Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is more than 62% complete. 

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is developing the project in Abu Dhabi's Western Region as part of the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy programme. 

Construction works at Barakah NPP commenced in 2012, and its four nuclear energy units are due for completion in 2020. 

Unit 1 is over 85% complete, Unit 2 is 67% complete, Unit 3 is 44% complete, and Unit 4 is 27% complete so far. 

When in operation, the four reactors are expected to deliver a quarter of the UAE's electricity needs, and save up to 12 million tonnes annually in carbon emissions. 

These announcements were made during a visit made by attendees of the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference, state agency WAM said. 

Dr Mohamed Chookah, ENEC executive director of nuclear fuel procurement, hosted the visit.

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