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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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UAEs-clean-energy-goals-are-not-limited-to-solar-s

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-1-reactor-reaches-50-of-electrical-production-capacity-9-2-2020

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-forecasts-doubling-of-nuclear-capacity-by-205

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Worlds-of-possibilities-with-nuclear-techno

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-1-is-connected-to-grid-and-dispatching-electricity-8-3-2020

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/An-historic-moment-for-the-UAE

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) on 1 August announced that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) had successfully started up unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsunit-1-of-uaes-barakah-npp-begins-operation-8059099

Three more South Korea-supplied plants are under construction in the UAE The control room at Barakah-1 in the UAE when the unit was successfully started up on 1 August 2020. Photo courtesy Enec. Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates, the first commercial nuclear energy facility in the Arab world, has been successfully started, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced on 1 August 2020.

Enec said the start-up of Unit 1, one of four Generation III+ APR1400 at the $24bn facility, marks the first time that the reactor has safely produced heat, which is used to create steam, turning a turbine to generate electricity.

After several weeks and numerous safety tests, Unit 1 will be ready to connect to the UAE’s electricity grid, delivering the first megawatts of electricity to the UAE. Testing has been undertaken with the continued oversight of the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), and follows the World Association of Nuclear Operator’s (WANO) completion of a pre startup review in January 2020.

Construction of Unit 1 began in July 2012 and the operating licence was issued by FANR in February. Fuel loading was completed in March.

Date: Sunday, 02 August 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-1-starts-up-at-arab-world-s-first-commercial-nuclear-station-8-6-2020

Focus now shifts to fuel loading and preparations for commercial operation Units 1 and 2 at the Barakah nuclear power station. Photo courtesy Enec. Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has completed construction of Unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear power station and officially handed it over to subsidiary Nawah Energy to prepare for commercial operation.

Enec said in a statement on 14 July that Unit 2 has cleared its construction phase and the focus now shifts to completing operational readiness preparations, testing, regulatory inspections, and the international assessments needed for Nawah Energy to obtain the operating licence from the UAE’s nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).

Barakah, being built 50km west of Ruwais on the Persian Gulf coast of Abu Dhabi, is the Arab world’s first nuclear power station.

Enec chief executive officer Mohamed Al Hammadi said achievements at Barakah, where construction of the first of four units began in July 2012, highlight the benefits of building identical reactors simultaneously. Lessons learned during the construction of Unit 1 have contributed to the successful development of Units 2, 3 and 4, he said.

Date: Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/enec-announces-completion-of-construction-at-unit-2-7-2-2020