Barakah Plant Nears 25% Capacity with Unit 4 Startup

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced a significant milestone in the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant's journey towards fulfilling a quarter of the UAE's electricity needs. Nawah Energy Company, ENEC's subsidiary responsible for operation and maintenance, successfully started up the plant's fourth and final reactor.

This marks the initial production of heat through nuclear fission at Unit 4, which will eventually be used to generate electricity. The startup signifies a crucial step towards full commercial operation, where the unit will undergo comprehensive testing to ensure safety and efficiency.

Commenting on the development, ENEC's CEO, Mohamed Al Hammadi, highlighted the rapid progress made by the Barakah Plant. He noted that in the past five years, the UAE has added more clean electricity per capita than any other nation globally, with 75% of that increase coming solely from Barakah. He emphasized the pivotal role nuclear energy plays in decarbonizing the UAE's power sector and driving the country's ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Upon completion of the testing phase and transition to commercial operation, Unit 4 is expected to contribute significantly to the Barakah Plant's total capacity. The plant will then produce 5,600 megawatts of clean electricity, free from carbon emissions, meeting 25% of the UAE's electricity demand. This not only reduces the nation's reliance on fossil fuels but also contributes to its environmental sustainability goals.

The Barakah plant utilizes APR1400, a third-generation pressurized water reactor design considered among the safest and most efficient in the world. The construction of the plant began in 2012, and the first unit commenced commercial operations in 2021. The subsequent units have been coming online sequentially, with each unit demonstrating improved efficiency and shorter construction times compared to the previous one.

The successful startup of Unit 4 represents a significant achievement for the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy program. It underscores the country's commitment to diversifying its energy mix, ensuring energy security, and contributing to a cleaner future.

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