UAE's first nuclear power plant set to begin ops by early 2020

Nawah Energy Company says Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant unit 1 may be up and running by end of this year depending on regulatory approval
Nuclear, Power plant, Uae, Abu dhabi

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The UAE's first nuclear power station is set to start operating by early 2020, Nawah Energy Company said on Monday.

In a statement announcing the award of a maintenance contract for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Nawah said it is preparing to commence operations of the first unit between the end of 2019 and early 2020, pending regulatory approval.

Nawah said it has signed a long term maintenance services agreement with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), supported by KEPCO Plant Service & Engineering (KPS).

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Nawah, the subsidiary created by JV partners Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation(KEPCO) to operate and maintain the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, said construction of the four reactors was 93 percent completed.

Under the scope of the contract, KHNP and KPS will provide maintenance services to support routine and outage maintenance activities of the four units of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi emirate.

KHNP and KPS will also provide manpower in the form of supervisory and management experts, as well as maintenance leadership.

KHNP, which operates and maintains the Shin Kori 3 and 4 nuclear energy plants in South Korea, will conduct testing, diagnostics, inspections, maintenance and replacement services for both the nuclear and non-nuclear components of the Barakah plant.

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Nawah, as the future holder of the Operating License from the UAE’s independent regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), will hold all regulatory responsibilities for operations and maintenance of the Barakah plant.

Mark Reddemann, CEO of Nawah, said: “We are delighted to have secured a long-term maintenance services relationship with KHNP and KPS. Through this agreement, we have created a robust framework of maintenance services providers that combine the best-in-class maintenance expertise in thermal and nuclear plant infrastructure and expertise in the APR1400 technology.”

Construction of Barakah unit 1 began in 2012 and was completed in 2018. In parallel, construction of units 2, 3 and 4 is progressing and the overall completion of the Barakah plant is now more than 93 percent.

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