UAE nuclear energy plant passes safety tests

Safety tests have taken place at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Western Region.

ABU DHABI // Safety tests have taken place at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Western Region.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation carried out a structural test and an integrated leak rate test over several weeks at the plant in Al Gharbia.

The tests demonstrated the robustness of the structure and the plant’s ability to perform safely under normal and extraordinary circumstances, said Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive of Enec.

“The commissioning phase of a nuclear energy plant is a critical step towards the first fuel load,” said Mr Al Hammadi. “Before loading the fuel it is essential that the plant is tested under the highest standards of safety, security and quality.”

Other tests to verify that the reactor coolant system and other associated systems met the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation’s regulations were also successfully conducted.

“With the completion of these tests on Unit 1, we are moving closer to achieving our goal of supplying up to a quarter of our nation’s electricity needs with low-carbon, sustainable nuclear energy,” said Mr Al Hammadi. “Our work at Barakah continues to support the UAE’s energy mix strategy as well as the future social and economic growth of the UAE.”

The project at Barakah’s Unit 1 is now 88 per cent complete, Unit 2 is ‫72 ‬per cent complete, Unit 3 is ‫50 ‬per cent complete and Unit 4 is 31 per cent complete. When fully operational, the four reactors are expected to supply about 25 per cent of the country’s electricity by 2020.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: July 2, 2016 04:00 AM

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