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Video: UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant is 81% complete

Currently the largest single nuclear energy new-build project in the world, the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is expected to be completed by 2020

The UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant project is 81% complete, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has revealed.

Currently the largest single nuclear energy new-build project in the world, the plant is being developed by ENEC through the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program. It consists of four identical reactors housed in four separate units, with a total generating capacity of up to 5,600MW.

At a press briefing held on 17 July, ENEC officials said that Unit 1 of the plant is now 95% complete, while progress on Units 2, 3, and 4 are at 84%, 74%, and 51% respectively.

Once fully operational, the Barakah plant is expected to provide as much as 25% of the country’s electricity supply. The project’s target completion date is 2020.

Check out the video below to see how work on the project has progressed since construction of Unit 1 commenced in 2012.

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