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UAE's $20bn Barakah NEP reports construction progress

Units 3 and 4 of the plant have been connected to the UAE's electricity transmission grid, while Unit 2 is more than 90% complete, it has been confirmed

Barakah NEP has recorded construction progress, according to ENEC
Barakah NEP has recorded construction progress, according to ENEC

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the achievement of construction milestones on its $20bn (AED73.5bn) Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant (NEP). 

Units 3 and 4 of the plant have been connected to the UAE's electricity transmission grid. 

SITE VISIT: Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, UAE

Meanwhile, Unit 2's main power transformer (MTR), excitation transformer, and unit auxiliary power transformers (UAT) have also been energised. 

The connection of Units 3 and 4 to the UAE grid is a prerequisite for future testing and allows for the completion of additional auxiliary buildings at both units.

Unit 4 of Barakah NEP is now more than 60% complete, while Unit 3 is almost 80% completed.

READ: Unit 1 of UAE's Barakah power plant nears completion

Unit 2 is more than 90% finished, and Unit 1 is currently undergoing commissioning and testing, prior to regulatory review and receipt of the operating licence from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).

When the four reactors are completed, Barakah NEP will save up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year, Arabian Business reported.

Commenting on the milestones, Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of ENEC, said: "These milestones are a result of our extensive collaboration with our prime contractor and joint venture partner, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).

"Working together and benefitting from the experience gained when conducting the same work on Unit 1, the teams continue to make significant progress while continuing to implement the highest international standards of safety, security and quality." 

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