UAE nuclear energy plant Barakah reports progress

Unit 3's reactor vessel that will contain the controlled reaction which generates nuclear energy was recently installed on site

Barakah's Unit 3 RV was successfully installed on site. [Representational image]
Barakah's Unit 3 RV was successfully installed on site. [Representational image]

The UAE's Barakah nuclear energy plant, being developed by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has reported progress on one of its components. 

Unit 3's reactor vessel (RV) was successfully installed on site, it was recently announced. 

This follows the installation of Unit 2's RV in 2015, and Unit 1's RV in 2014. 

An RV is considered one of the most important parts a nuclear energy plant.

Weighing over 400 tonnes and measuring almost 15m in height, Unit 3's RV will eventually contain the controlled nuclear reaction that will generate nuclear energy for the UAE grid.

It is also one of the many defense-in-depth barriers that ensures the safety of nuclear energy plants.

The installation of the Unit 3's RV was celebrated at an event held at the Barakah site, and hosted by ENEC’s CEO, Mohammed Al Hammadi. 

Remarking at the event, Al Hammadi said: "The safe and successful installation of ENEC’s third reactor vessel is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication.

"All teams involved have worked to the highest standards of safety and quality, and I would like to personally thank the KEPCO and Doosan teams for their commitment to the Barakah project’s development," he added, according to WAM

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