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As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
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South Korean supplied APR-1400 will be first reactor in Arab world Barakah-1 will be the first commercial nuclear plant in the Arab world. Courtesy Enec. The Barakah-1 nuclear power plant has reached 100% of its rated power, a milestone that brings the Arab world’s first nuclear unit one step closer to commercial operation, scheduled in early 2021.

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said 100% power means that Unit 1 is generating 1,400 MW of electricity from a single generator connected to the UAE grid. This makes the Unit 1 generator the largest single source of electricity in the UAE.

Achieving 100% power is one of the final steps of the power ascension testing phase of the startup process for Unit 1. Plant operator Nawah Energy, an Enec subsidiary, will now carry out a series of tests before the reactor is safely shut down in preparation for the check outage. During this period, the Unit 1 systems will be examined and any planned or corrective maintenance carried out.

The Barakah nuclear station, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world, with four APR-1400 units supplied by South Korea. Construction began in 2012.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
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Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates has achieved 80% of its rated power capacity, Nawah Energy Company and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) announced on 18 November.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
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Landmark is important stage of power ascension testing Unit 1 at the Barakah nuclear power station in the UAE. Courtesy Enec. Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates has achieved 80% of its rated capacity power, an important step in the power ascension testing, which involves slowly raising the reactor power levels while collecting data and checking safety systems.

Nawah Energy Company, the joint venture nuclear operations and maintenance subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) and reactor supplier Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), said throughout the power ascension testing process, the systems of Unit 1 are being monitored and tested to ensure their compliance with regulatory requirements.

Power ascension testing is being conducted under the oversight of the UAE’s regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, which has conducted more than 280 inspections since the start of Barakah’s development. These national reviews have been supported by more than 40 assessments and peer reviews by the International Atomic Energy Agency and World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Nawah’s operations team at Unit 1 is now working to increase the plant’s electricity production to 100% capacity, marking the final stage of power ascension testing. Unit 1 will then be gradually shut down for a check outage, which will take place over several months and involve the examination of systems and any planned or corrective maintenance.

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
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The United Arab Emirates' world records in the development of solar power do not distract from an ambition to expand its use of nuclear energy to help facilitate the transition to a clean economy, UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui said yesterday. In his address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial, the minister explained the progress the UAE has made with its Energy Strategy 2050.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
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Plant scheduled for full commercial operation early in 2021 Unit 1 at the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates. Courtesy Enec. The reactor of Unit 1 at the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates has reached 50% of its electricity production capacity and is on schedule to begin full commercial operation early in 2021.

Nawah Energy Company, the joint venture nuclear operations and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) and Korea Electric Power Corporation, said reaching 50% power at Unit 1 is an important step in the process of power ascension testing at the plant. 

It comes one month after the synchronisation of Unit 1 to the UAE’s transmission grid and the dispatch of the first megawatts of electricity from the plant.

Throughout this power ascension testing process, the unit’s systems are tested in line with national regulatory requirements and international best practice as the operations team safely makes progress towards full electricity production.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its latest projections for energy, electricity and nuclear power trends through 2050. Compared with the previous year, the 2020 projections are largely unchanged. Under the high case scenario, IAEA analysts expect an increase of global nuclear electrical generating capacity by 82% to 715 GWe. Under the low case scenario, it will fall by 7% to 392 GWe.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
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Milestones achieved within a recent two-week period demonstrate what nuclear technology is all about, what it is doing and can do for humanity, Agneta Rising, World Nuclear Association director general, said ahead of the Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2020
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The four-unit facility in the UAE is the first commercial nuclear station in the Arab world Nuclear reactor operators from Nawah Energy Company complete grid synchronisation on 19 August in the Unit 1 main control room at Barakah. Photo courtesy Enec. Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates has been connected to the UAE grid and is despatching its first megawatts of electricity, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced on 19 August.

During the process, the generator in Unit 1 was integrated and synchronised with the requirements of the UAE’s national electricity transmission grid.

Enec said connection was completed through collaboration with Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (Transco). Transco has constructed 952 km of 400 kV overhead lines to connect Barakah to the Abu Dhabi grid.

Unit 1 connection, also referred to as “grid synchronisation”, marks the first time that electricity produced at the plant is delivered to the UAE national grid. This follows the startup of Unit 1 at the end of July 2020 by Enec’s operations and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company. Since then, the operations team have run a series of tests, steadily increasing the power levels to ultimately generate the first megawatts of baseload electricity produced by the Baraka-1, located in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi.

Date: Thursday, 20 August 2020
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Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, describes the significance of the recent start-up of the first nuclear power unit in the Arab world.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
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