Third reactor vessel installed at UAE's nuclear power site

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announces 'critical step' in delivery of nuclear power to the UAE grid
Third reactor vessel installed at UAE's nuclear power site
By Staff writer
Sat 30 Jul 2016 12:15 AM

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced the installation of the reactor vessel in Unit 3, another milestone in the construction of the country’s first nuclear energy project at Barakah.

The installation is a critical step in the delivery of the country’s third nuclear energy unit and follows the installation of the Barakah Unit 2 reactor vessel in 2015 and the Unit 1 reactor vessel in 2014.

The reactor vessel is one of the most important features and largest components in a nuclear energy plant.

Weighing over 400 tonnes, it will contain the controlled nuclear reaction that will generate the nuclear energy that will feed into the UAE grid.

ENEC’s CEO, Mohammed Al Hammadi, said in comments published by news agency WAM: "The safe and successful installation of ENEC’s third reactor vessel is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication.

"ENEC is committed to delivering a world-class nuclear energy programme and as we move from construction through to operations we continue to improve, particularly in the overall project management." added Al Hammadi. "The phased approach to completing each unit with a substantial amount of time between each one, means each unit’s development adopts the efficiencies learned from the previous one."

ENEC said the project at Barakah is progressing steadily. Overall, construction of Units 1 to 4 is now more than 65 percent complete.

When the four reactors are completed, the UAE’s 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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