Transparency key to UAE nuclear plant, Sheikh Hamdan says

The first stage of the nuclear power plant is now 57 per cent complete, state news agency Wam says.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, visits the nuclear power plant site. Wam
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ABU DHABI // Operational transparency is one of the key elements of the UAE’s first nuclear power plant project, according to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region.

Sheikh Hamdan made the statement during a visit to Al Barakah, in Al Gharbia, last week, where the first stage of the nuclear power plant is now 57 per cent complete, state news agency Wam reported on Monday.

“The use of peaceful nuclear energy has an important role for the future of our country. These power stations will provide us with electrical energy that we need to meet our requirements,” he said.

Sheikh Hamdan went on to say the programme will provide opportunities for Emiratis specialising in science and technology, enhancing their skills and knowledge while contributing to the development of the nation.

Construction on two nuclear power reactors has already begun, with an additional two plants in the pipeline.

All four are scheduled to be online by 2020.

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