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Reactor dome completed on UAE's second nuclear plant

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation says construction of Units 1 to 4 is now more than 62% finished

Reactor dome completed on UAE's second nuclear plant

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the completion of the construction of the concrete dome for the Unit 2 Reactor Containment Building.

The dome is the final structural component of the vast building, which now measures more than 70 metres in height and houses the nuclear reactor.

They are designed to confine and contain radiation, even in the most extreme circumstances, ENEC said in a statement.

ENEC’s teams worked closely with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Hyundai/Samsung Joint Venture (HSJV) and Seoyong Construction throughout the construction process, it added.

"With the completion of the dome for Unit 2, we are proud to have maintained our track record of safety and efficiency. The construction of nuclear energy plants is immensely complex and not only involves highly technical infrastructure but thousands of people working under the highest standards of safety, security and quality," said Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC.

The dome has been constructed in nine stages, with the next phase of work involving the installation of the containment post tensioning system, which is used for pre-stressing the concrete structure, followed by a three-month structural integrity test.

ENEC said the project at Barakah is progressing steadily - Unit 1 is now more than 87 percent complete, Unit 2 is 68 percent complete, Unit 3 is 47 percent complete and Unit 4 is 29 percent complete.

Overall, construction of Units 1 to 4 is now more than 62 percent complete. Pending regulatory approval, the four units in Barakah are scheduled to be delivered by 2020, providing nuclear energy to the UAE grid.

When the four reactors are completed, the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme will provide approximately 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity needs and save up to 12 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

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