Construction of UAE's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant reaches 93%

Enec confirms progress on Unit 3's energisation, marking milestone in Barakah NEP's testing and commissioning

Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.
Enec / August 2019
Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.

Overall construction is 93% complete on Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant (Barakah NEP) in Abu Dhabi, which Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) is developing alongside prime contractor and joint venture partner, Korea Electric Power Corporation, as well as Nawah Energy Company and Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company (Transco).

Unit 2 of Barakah NEP is 95% complete as of August 2019, while construction on Units 3 and 4 is respectively 91% and 82% complete.

The details were revealed by Enec as it revealed recent progress on Unit 3 of Barakah NEP.

The main power transformer, gas insulated bus, auxiliary power transformers, and excitation transformer of Barakah NEP’s Unit 3 have been energised, marking a key milestone in the plant’s testing and commissioning.

Transco carried out the work which comes approximately a year after the completion of similar work on Unit 2, and two years after the same work was completed for Unit 1 of Barakah NEP.

Testing and commissioning teams will now begin preparing for the commencement of hot functional testing (HFT) at Unit 3, implementing the lessons learned during their testing of Units 1 and 2.

In a statement, Enec explained that HFT takes place over a number of weeks and consists of “almost 200 individual and integrated tests performed on major systems to check their performance under normal operational conditions, without the presence of nuclear fuel assemblies in the reactor vessel”.

Unit 1 of Barakah NEP is currently in the commissioning and testing stage, after which it will go through regulatory review and receive its operating licence from Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

Commenting on Unit 3’s progress, Enec’s chief executive officer, HE Eng Mohamed Al Hammadi, said: “I am proud of the continued progress being made at Unit 3 of the Barakah NEP.

“We have maintained our track record of safety and efficiency with the successful energisation of the unit’s transformers, and we continue to establish Barakah NEP as the benchmark for new nuclear construction projects worldwide.”

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