ENEC completes key test for Barakah-4

May 22, 2020, 7:57AMNuclear News

The UAE's Barakah nuclear power plant in 2019. Photo: ENEC

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has completed cold hydrostatic testing at Unit 4 of the Barakah nuclear power plant, the Arab world’s first such facility, located in Abu Dhabi. According to a May 19 ENEC press release, the testing incorporated lessons learned from the plant’s three other units and is a crucial step toward Unit 4’s completion. All four units are 1,345-MWe APR1400 pressurized water reactors. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

What they’re saying: "I am proud of the continued progress being made at Barakah, despite the circumstances we have all faced in relation to COVID-19,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC’s chief executive officer. “The UAE leadership’s decisive and proactive response to the pandemic supported us in taking timely, safety-led actions to protect the health and safety of our workforce and our plant. These actions, alongside the efforts of our talented and dedicated workforce, have enabled the successful completion of cold hydrostatic testing at Unit 4, which was completed in adherence to the highest standards of safety, quality, and security. With this accomplishment, we move another step closer to achieving our goal of supplying up to a quarter of our nation’s electricity needs and powering its future growth with safe, reliable, and emissions-free electricity.”

Background: ENEC is currently in the final stages of construction of Barakah-2, -3, and -4. Unit 2 is more than 95 percent complete, Unit 3 more than 92 percent, and Unit 4 more than 84 percent, the company said. Construction of Unit 1, begun in 2012, was formally completed in 2018, and in February of this year, the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation issued the operating license for the reactor. The following month, ENEC announced that it had completed fuel loading at Barakah-1. The startup of the unit is expected soon.

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