First nuclear power plant in UAE completed

The construction of unit 1 at Barakah, the first nuclear power plant to be constructed in United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been completed. The presidents of South Korea and Abu Dhabi attended a ceremony marking the event recently. All four units at Barakah are scheduled for completion by 2020. The four APR1400 nuclear reactors will supply up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs and save up to 21-million t of CO2 emissions every year. This is an important step towards the start-up of the first reactor at Barakah. The UAE will soon benefit from the reliable supply of clean electricity produced by Barakah.  South Korea is also interested in international collaboration in other regions. Last November, South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom calling for greater collaboration on new nuclear power plants.

Contact Jonathan Cobb, World Nuclear Association,


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