Survey shows strong UAE residents support for nuclear energy programme

Barakah plant will prevent up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year
Survey shows strong UAE residents support for nuclear energy programme
Construction of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is progressing steadily. As of the end of March 2019, the overall construction of the four units is more than 93 percent. Unit 4 is more than 82 percent complete, Unit 3 more than 91 percent, and Unit 2 more than 95 percent.
By Gavin Gibbon
Tue 16 Jul 2019 09:18 AM

Seventy-eight percent of residents in the UAE believe the benefits of nuclear energy outweigh its risks.

According to the results of the latest survey from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the country has a selection of the highest favourability rates for nuclear energy in the world – higher than any other nuclear energy producing nations.

The poll shows a slight increase in favorability towards the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, from 83 percent in 2017 to 85 percent in 2018.

For the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, where the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is currently being built, the poll revealed a significant increase in support for the UAE program, from 84 percent in 2017 to 94 percent in 2018.

In addition, 93 percent of Al Dhafra residents consider nuclear energy to be a safe, clean, reliable and efficient way for electricity production, up from 82 percent in 2017.

Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of ENEC, said: “We are delighted to see the trust our communities place in ENEC, reflected in the UAE public’s responses. These results validate our efforts of raising public awareness of the UAE programme.”

As part of the public opinion survey, over 1,000 people were interviewed across the UAE, including male and female UAE Nationals and expatriate residents.

Eighty percent of residents believe that nuclear energy can generate electricity in a safe, clean, reliable, and efficient way, and 87 percent think that the use of nuclear energy to generate electricity will support the UAE’s transition to low-carbon energy resources.

Construction of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is progressing steadily. As of the end of March 2019, the overall construction of the four units is more than 93 percent.  Unit 4 is more than 82 percent complete, Unit 3 more than 91 percent, and Unit 2 more than 95 percent.

Unit 1 construction is complete and is currently undergoing commissioning and testing, prior to regulatory review and receipt of the Operating License (OL) from the FANR.

The four Units of Barakah plant will deliver clean, efficient and reliable electricity to the UAE grid, and will prevent up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to removing 3.2 million sedan cars from the roads.

Ninety six percent of residents believe that ENEC is ensuring that the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is being built to the highest standards of quality and safety, which is the same percentage in 2017.

We are dedicated to supporting communities throughout the nation, and it is reassuring to know that the vast majority of UAE residents believe in the safety and security of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme and trust ENEC to deliver the Barakah plant in accordance to the highest international standards,” added Al Hammadi.

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