Construction finishes on Unit 2 of ENEC’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant
The unit has been handed to Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) - ENEC’s operating and maintenance subsidiary
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has successfully completed the construction of Unit 2 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, the region’s first nuclear energy plant located in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi.
The unit has been handed to Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) - ENEC’s operating and maintenance subsidiary.
Unit 2 has cleared its construction phase and the focus now shifts to completing the operational readiness preparations, testing, regulatory inspections, and international assessments required for Nawah to obtain the operating licence for Unit 2 from the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).
Commenting on the construction completion, ENEC chief executive officer, HE Mohamed Al Hammadi, said: “The completion of Unit 2 construction activities in adherence to the highest international standards of safety, security and quality, and the handover of all systems to Nawah for commissioning are important milestones that reflect the dedication and skill of everyone involved in the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program.”
He added: “These milestones at Unit 2 are also a further testament to the vision and commitment of the UAE’s leadership in the transition to clean energy sources in the region, and our successful collaboration with KEPCO as our prime contractor and joint venture partner.”
Construction of the plant began in 2012 and has progressed steadily ever since. Construction of Units 3 and 4 are 92% and 85% complete, respectively, while the construction of the Barakah Plant as a whole is now 94% complete.