Energy: approval granted for first nuclear plant in Uae

Oil-rich country looks to nuclear to cover 25% of need

17 February, 15:47

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 17 - The United Arab Emirates has given approval for the activation of the first nuclear plant in the Arab world, in Barakah, said the country's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    "The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) approved the operating license for reactor 1 at the Nawah company plant," said Hamad Alkaabi in a press conference in Abu Dhabi, adding that the reactor (the first of four) will be activated in the "near future".

    The plant in Barakah, in the country's northwest, was created by a consortium led by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), at a cost of 24.4 billion dollars (about 22.5 billion euros).

    The first of the four reactors was supposed to go into service at the end of 2017, but the start date was postponed several times to meet security requirements. When the four reactors are fully operative, they will be able to produce 5,600 megawatts of electricity, about 25% of the country's energy requirement.

    The main supply source in the United Arab Emirates, an oil-rich country, is in crude.(ANSAmed).

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