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Third reactor will follow in late 2022, says Enec CEO Unit 2 at the Barakah nuclear station is scheduled for commercial operation in the coming months. Courtesy Enec. The second unit of the United Arab Emirates’ Barakah nuclear power station is set to begin commercial operation in coming months, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) chief executive officer Mohammed al-Hammadi said on Wednesday.

Mr al-Hammadi told a sustainable finance conference in Abu Dhabi that the third unit of the station’s planned four reactors, all supplied by South Korea, will start operations in late 2022.

Enec said in November 2021 that construction of Unit 3 had been completed and the 1,345 MW APR-1400 unit handed over for operational readiness activities.

In April 2021, Unit 1 became the first commercial reactor in the Arab world to begin full operation. Unit 2 was connected to the grid in September and is now undergoing testing while power levels are increased.

Date: Friday, 21 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-2-on-schedule-to-begin-commercial-operation-in-coming-months-1-4-2022

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud this week visited the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE. The minister said his visit to the Middle East's first operational multi-unit nuclear power plant "comes in line with the growing awareness of the importance of nuclear energy."

Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Saudi-minister-visits-Barakah

Construction of the third unit at the UAE's Barakah nuclear power plant has been completed, and the unit is on track to start up in 2023, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced today on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow.

Date: Friday, 05 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Third-unit-completed-at-Barakah

The Armenian nuclear power plant said on 28 September that it had achieved budget savings during major repair work, including a project for modernisation of the cooling towers.

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsarmenian-npp-modernises-cooling-towers-9128590

‘They did it in a way that is measurable and can be looked at by the rest of the international community’ Units 1 and 2 of the UAE's Barakah nuclear station are now both connected to the national grid. When Unit 2 of the four-unit Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates was connected to the grid earlier this month, delivering its first megawatts of electricity, project owner Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said the milestone took it another step closer to its goal of using nuclear to supply up to a quarter of the country’s electricity needs 24/7, while driving reductions in carbon emissions – the leading cause of climate change.

Unit 2’s grid connection came five months after Unit 1 became the first commercial nuclear power reactor in the Arab World to begin commercial operation.

For ENEC, these recent operational milestones show the world that the UAE is serious about efforts to use nuclear energy to further climate change mitigation efforts through the decarbonisation of the electricity sector. But the benefits of the Barakah project – one of the largest nuclear energy stations in the world – go deeper than that, with the facility providing energy security and powering social and economic growth by providing high-value jobs and supporting an entirely new industry. “The local supply chain is, and will continue to be essential for the operations and maintenance of Barakah over the coming 60 years.”

More than 2,000 UAE-based companies are part of the supply chain for Barakah and local contracts have been awarded to a value of $4.8bn. “The local supply chain is, and will continue to be essential for the operations and maintenance of Barakah over the coming 60 years,” ENEC told NucNet. “It will help ensure we have the localised services and components we need.”

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/how-uae-nuclear-project-has-set-standard-for-newcomer-countries-9-2-2021

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Enec’s) operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) has started operation of unit 2 of the Barakah NPP in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsunit-2-starts-up-at-barakah-nuclear-power-plant-9083985

Four-unit facility in UAE now more than 96% complete Unit 2 of the four-unit Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates has been connected to the grid, delivering its first megawatts of electricity, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced.

Enec said connection was safely and successfully completed by its operations and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company, through collaboration with Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (Transco).

Enec said the milestone takes the company and its subsidiaries another step closer to the half-way mark of its goal to supply up to a quarter of the country’s electricity needs 24/7, while driving reductions in carbon emissions – the leading cause of climate change.

With grid connection complete, Unit 2’s operators will now begin the process of gradually raising the power levels of the reactor, known as power ascension testing. Enec said all of the lessons learned from Unit 1 connection have been integrated as part of Nawah’s commitment to operating excellence.

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-2-at-arab-world-s-first-nuclear-station-connected-to-grid-9-2-2021

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced on 27 August that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) had successfully started up unit 2 of the Barakah NPP in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Wednesday, 01 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsunit-2-starts-up-at-barakah-npp-9044374

Iraq is working on a plan to build nuclear reactors in face of widespread blackouts that have sparked social unrest, Bloomberg reported on 8 June. Despite being OPEC’s second biggest oil producer, Iraq is suffering from power shortages and insufficient investment in ageing plants, and needs to meet an expected 50% jump in demand by the end of the decade. Building NPPs could help to close the supply gap.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiraq-looks-to-revive-its-nuclear-programme-8822664

Policymakers who ignore nuclear energy are not serious about meeting climate goals, delegates said at an Atlantic Council webinar last week. The first in the Raising Ambitions series, the event highlighted the attributes of this clean source of electricity and heat ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit, which the US Administration is hosting on 22-23 April.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-can-help-raise-climate-ambitions