Abu Dhabi / WAM
Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, visited the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi and received an update on the project as well as details of a recent construction milestone at the plant from senior Emirati engineers.
He was received at the plant by ENEC’s CEO, Mohamed Al Hammadi, and other senior management. The completion of major electrical installation work at Unit 1 represents another milestone in the continued progress from construction to commissioning of the plant at Barakah. Teams from ENEC and its prime contractor, the Korean Electric Power Corporation, KEPCO, have now completed installation of the last piece of major electrical equipment at Unit 1.
During the tour, Al Mazrouei witnessed the progress made and milestones achieved since his last visit in September, 2015. This year alone has seen the energisation of the switchyard for Units 1 and 2, the completion of Cold Hydrostatic Testing at Unit 1, the completion of Unit 2’s Reactor Containment Building dome structure, and most recently, the completion of major electrical work at Unit 1.
The UAE Minister of Energy hailed the progress of Barakah, saying, “I am consistently impressed to see the progress being made at Barakah and the manner in which ENEC continues to deliver with the highest international standards of safety, quality and performance at the very forefront of all its activities. This approach ensures the long-term sustainability of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme.”
“Nuclear energy will play a critical role in the provision of clean and sustainable energy to power the future of the UAE and diversify the nation’s energy supply,” the minister said.
The minister also met some ENEC employees who have come through the Energy Pioneers programme, ENEC’s successful human capacity building programme that has seen over 400 students study and train in nuclear energy with ENEC’s support.
As part of the completion of major electrical installation at Unit 1, teams from ENEC and KEPCO installed and inspected more than 454 pieces of electrical equipment, such as switchgears, motor control centres, and transformers.
Minister Al Mazrouei also met members of ENEC’s senior management team and received an update on the company’s programme to deliver safe, clean and reliable nuclear electricity. The visit included an update on ENEC’s Culture of Safety, and specific demonstrations on how the organisation prioritises the safety and quality of all work carried out at the Barakah site.
ENEC’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We now have over 19,000 workers at Barakah delivering on our mission to connect safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE. As our programme continues to advance, this is a role we take on with great pride and responsibility, and as always, safety remains our overriding priority.”
Since its inception in 2009, ENEC has focused on the safe delivery of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme, expertly managing the complexity of the site development to ensure that all construction work meets the highest standards of safety and quality.
Unit 1 is now more than 87 percent complete and all four units at Barakah are more than 65 percent complete. ENEC’s team will be responsible for the operations of the four nuclear energy units that are expected to provide up to a quarter of the nation’s electricity needs and to save up to 12 million tons of carbon emissions every year.