UAE's ENEC holds public forums as reactor construction progresses

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp says events will reassure residents about safety of ops at Barakah
By Staff writer
Mon 06 Nov 2017 01:32 PM

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) will host public forums this week to raise awareness and understanding of the UAE nuclear energy program as construction continues on the country's first reactors.

The forums at Baynounah Educational Complex in Al Dhafra region and Zayed University Convention Centre, Abu Dhabi play a key part in ENEC’s ongoing commitment to community engagement, a statement said.

It added that the events highlight the importance of nuclear energy as a safe, clean, reliable and efficient source of electricity and its vital contribution to the long-term growth of the UAE.

ENEC has conducted five sessions during 2017 to update stakeholders on the latest updates from Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant and to answer any questions from local people.

When the four reactors are completed, the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant will deliver electricity to the UAE grid, pending regulatory reviews and licensing, and save up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year.

Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC’s CEO, said Unit 1 is now more than 96 percent complete. Unit 2 is more than 87 percent, Unit 3 is more than 78 percent, and Unit 4 is now at 58 percent.

Overall, construction of the four units is now more than 84 percent complete.

Al Hammadi added: “As we continue to make steady progress with the development of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, it is vital that we continue to openly engage and closely interact with residents in our communities.”

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