Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant achieves 50% power

Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the joint venture nuclear operations and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), announced that the reactor of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved 50% of its electricity production capacity.

The milestone was announced on the sidelines of the 64th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, where the UAE hosted a side event titled ‘UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program: The Journey’.

One month ago, Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant recorded the safe and successful completion of the synchronisation of Unit 1 to the UAE transmission grid and the dispatch of the first megawatts of clean electricity from the plant to the nation.

Recently, ENEC and Nawah confirmed ADNOC Distribution as the first local supplier of petroleum products to Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Construction Week reported.https://www.constructionweekonline.com/products-and-services/267275-adnoc-to-supply-petroleum-products-to-barakah-nuclear-plant

Speaking about the milestone, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC, HE Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, said: “UAE is now producing clean, baseload electricity through Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant, and the unit has achieved 50% power as part of the Power Ascension Testing (PAT) our teams at Nawah are currently undertaking. Safety and quality-led progress is continuing to be made across all four units of the plant.”

The UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme is an engine of growth for our nation, delivering abundant clean electricity to support the region’s economic diversification efforts, while in parallel contributing to the country’s climate change commitments.”

Commenting on the achievement, chief executive officer of Nawah, Eng Ali Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of Nawah, said: “This is a proud moment for everyone involved in the delivery of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, as we mark the continued progress being made at Unit 1. We are operating Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant with an absolute commitment to safety and quality as we advance one step further towards commercial operations.”

“We look forward to announcing further achievements over the coming months as we further increase the power levels of Unit 1 and continue with our operational readiness preparations for Unit 2,” added Eng. Ali Al Hammadi.

The UAE’s participation comes as Nawah gradually raises the power levels of Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant – over a number of months – as a part of the ongoing Power Ascension Testing. Throughout this process, the unit’s systems are tested in line with national regulatory requirements and international best practices as the operations team safely makes progress towards full electricity production.

Once the process is completed, Unit 1 will enter commercial operations and deliver abundant baseload electricity for up to 18 months prior to refueling, demonstrating how efficient and reliable nuclear energy is at generating clean electricity 24/7.

The PAT is conducted under the oversight of the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulations (FANR), which has now conducted more than 280 inspections since the start of Barakah’s development. This is in addition to more than 40 missions and assessments by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

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