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The successful cooperation between South Korea and the United Arab Emirates in building the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi has opened a new avenue for further collaboration between the countries in global nuclear power markets, South Korea's ambassador to the UAE said this week.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
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The main challenges facing the nuclear industry are not in the production and delivery of electricity, but in securing the policy support required for it to expand its contribution of sustainable and low-carbon energy. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor at World Nuclear Assocation, to delegates at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit in Istanbul this week.

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
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With completion of nuclear fuel loading at unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant earlier this week, the UAE has become the Arab World's first peaceful nuclear energy operating nation.

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
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Unit 1 systems will now be gradually tested for commercial operation  The Barakah nuclear power station in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy Enec. First fuel loading has been completed at Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power station under construction in the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced today.

The loading of 241 fuel assemblies at the South Korea-supplied plant – the first in the Arab world – began last month after the receipt of an operating licence from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) on 17 February.

The licence authorises the plant’s operation for 60 years. It also gave the green light for fuel loading to begin.

The fuel load was led by a team of FANR-certified fuel operators, with mostly Emirati experts who were trained in the APR-1400 reactor technology in South Korea.

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
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The United Arab Emirates has declared itself the first country in the Arab world to become an operator of a nuclear power plant following Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation's (ENEC) completion of fuel loading this week at Barakah unit 1 in Abu Dhabi. The UAE said it has thus joined a "limited group of countries worldwide", now 33 in total, that have "successfully developed the intellectual and infrastructural capacity to use nuclear energy to generate safe, clean, and reliable baseload electricity".

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
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Agency 2019 data shows coal still strong in Asia, but on retreat in advanced economies IEA director Fatih Birol speaking at the IEA Ministerial Meeting; Paris, November 2017. Photo courtesy Andrew Wheeler/IEA. Newly released data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global CO2 emissions from energy generation flattened in 2019 at about 33 gigatonnes (Gt) mainly thanks to gains in advanced economies* because of the expanding role of renewable sources, a fuel transition from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power output.

The IEA said CO2 emissions remained unchanged from their 2018 levels, although the global economy expanded by 2.9%. The data shows that emissions remained largely stable between 2013 and 2016 and then experienced two years of consecutive growth in 2017 and 2018. An IEA chart showing CO2 emissions since 1990 (orange for advanced economies, yellow of rest of the world). Image courtesy IEA.

According to the IEA, increased nuclear power generation in advanced economies, particularly in Japan and South Korea, avoided the release of over 50 megatonnes (Mt) of CO2 in 2019.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
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Despite widespread expectations of another increase, global energy-related CO2 emissions stopped growing in 2019, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) data released today. After two years of growth, global emissions were unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%.

Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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Fuel loading at delayed plant now scheduled before end of April A file photo of the Barakah site in August 2019. Photo courtesy Enec. An operational readiness assessment performed by the World Association of Nuclear Operators has concluded that Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power station in Abu Dhabi is ready to start up, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) and its subsidiary Nawah Energy Company announced.

The WANO pre-startup review is a nuclear industry assessment which is conducted in line with international industry standards set by WANO, of which Enec and Nawah are both members.

During the review, which took place in November 2019, WANO teams examined numerous functional and cross-functional areas that are essential for the safe startup and operation of Barakah-1, ranging from operator performance and operations and maintenance, through to work management and emergency preparedness.

The final results of the review, which was the culmination of over 30 support missions and peer reviews by WANO, confirmed that Unit 1 is ready to start up, Enec said.

Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
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The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.

This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.

The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.

The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
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Overall construction of the four units is more than 93% complete The Barakah nuclear power station in the UAE. Photo courtesy Enec. The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, is carrying out “rigorous and stringent reviews” of the operating licence application for the Barakah-1 nuclear power plant and only after the successful conclusion of a national regulatory review and receipt of international endorsement will it approve commercial operation, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said.

According to Enec, nuclear experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Association of Nuclear Operators have also carried out a series of assessments of the robustness of the operating infrastructure at Barakah.

Enec is building four identical South Korea-supplied APR1400 plants at Barakah, west of the capital Abu Dhabi on the Persian Gulf coast.

The overall construction of the four units is more than 93% complete. Unit 4 is more than 83%, Unit 3 is more than 91% and Unit 2 is more than 95%.

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
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