The United Arab Emirates’ Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has reached 100 per cent of the reactor power capacity for Unit 1 of the facility during testing.
The plant in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world and part of the Gulf oil producer’s efforts to diversify its energy mix. Commercial operations are expected to begin in early 2021. When completed Barakah, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), will have four reactors with 5,600 MW of total capacity. Construction of Unit 3 is 93 percent complete and Unit 4 is 87 percent complete. Unit 2 is complete and is awaiting licensing.