First nuclear power plant begins operations in UAE

'It's a historic step, the first Arab nuclear plant'

06 April, 17:30

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, 06 APR - The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday that the first nuclear power plant built in an Arab country will begin providing electricity on a national scale.

    "The Emirates took a historic step today," tweeted Emirati Prime Minister Muhammad ben Rashed Al Maktum.

    "The first megawatt from the first Arab nuclear plant entered the national electric grid," he said, echoed by Emirati crown prince and strongman Muhammad ben Zayed.

    The UAE is the fourth-largest producer of oil in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), but has been working for years in the development of alternative energy sources.

    The nuclear plant in Baraka, built on the shore of the Gulf facing the Iranian coast where the nuclear plant of Bushehr stands, is made up of four reactors.

    Currently only one reactor is operational, since August, but when all four are operational the plant will be able to produce one-fourth of the energy requirement in a country that, especially during the summer months, consumes a high level of electricity.

    The Baraka plant was built by a consortium formed by the national company of the Emirates and a private South Korean company, for an estimated cost of about 20 billion euros.


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