ENEC completes testing at UAE nuclear plant

nuke Jarous ssAll the units will deliver safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE grid, pending regulatory reviews and licensing. (Image source: Jarrous/Shutterstock)The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has successfully completed the cold hydrostatic testing (CHT) at Unit 1 in Barakah

The commemoration event was attended by Matar Al Neyadi, under secretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy, ENEC CEO and senior management from KEPCO and ENEC.

During the testing, previously processed water filled the primary circuit and was circulated by the reactor coolant pumps. These pumps will help to maintain a safe temperature inside the reactor during operations.

This testing follows the completion of a number of significant milestones in the safety-led and quality-driven environment focused on the development of the UAE’s first nuclear energy plant. This includes energising the switchyard for Units 1 and 2, which connected the plant to the transmission grid and allowed for the completion of CHT at Unit 1 and the substantial completion of the auxiliary building at Unit 1.

“I would like to congratulate ENEC on its achievements in the safety-led development of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme and its contributions to the western region,” Al Neyadi said, adding, “ENEC’s achievements continue to support the UAE’s energy mix strategy as well as the future social and economic growth of the emirates.”

Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC, noted, “With the completion of CHT at Unit 1 and the energisation of the switchyard, 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.”

The switchyard connects the generation capabilities of the plant with the transmission network of the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO) and the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), allowing electricity that will be generated at the plant to be carried to UAE homes and businesses. This also enables the plant to draw power from the transmission grid to support commissioning and operational testing.

According to ENEC, it is focused on the safe and quality-driven delivery of four nuclear energy generating units, safely housed in containment buildings with a combined capacity of approximately 5,600MW. All four units will deliver safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE grid, pending regulatory reviews and licensing, according to the company.

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