Emirates Steel supplied 60% of rebar for Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant

Abu Dhabi-based integrated steel manufacturer Emirates Steel has revealed its contribution to the construction of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, which is the first peaceful nuclear plant in the Arab World.

Emirates Steel supplied 160,000 tonnes – equivalent to 60% of the Q-class and S-class rebar material – for the construction of the nuclear plant.

From the outset of the Barakah project 10 years ago to the start-up of the first of its four reactors in early August, Emirates Steel has partnered with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).

The steel manufacturer’s specialised teams worked for two years with ENEC’s dedicated Business and Industrial Development Team to ensure that the company’s quality assurance and production processes met the stringent and precise global nuclear standards of construction.

Commenting on the role of the steel manufacturer in the construction of the nuclear plant, the chief executive officer of Emirates Steel, HE Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, said: “Emirates Steel has played a significant role in the UAE’s industrial sector for decades, and we are keen to contribute to the transition of the energy sector now underway in Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE.

“We seek to engage collaboratively in such high profile and ground-breaking projects that contribute to the development of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy.  We are proud to have been a key strategic partner with ENEC from the very beginning of the process to bring peaceful nuclear energy to the UAE, and have worked relentlessly to ensure the conformity of our products to global nuclear quality standards.”

The company delivered its first batch of rebar products to the Barakah plant project site as early as 2013 after obtaining the Quality System Certificate (QSC) for Nuclear Products, known as ‘Q Class’, from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2012.

The chief executive officer of ENEC, HE Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, said: “The nuclear energy industry has some of the most stringent quality, technical, and risk management standards in the world, and Emirates Steel is an example of the world-class standards that can be achieved by home-grown companies.

“They have met and surpassed the continuous, rigorous, and comprehensive evaluation processes required through the manufacturing process up to final delivery and installation at the project site.”

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