USA :Emirates: the first Arab nuclear power plant goes into operation

The United Arab Emirates commissioned their first nuclear power plant on Saturday, August 1.

“This is a historic moment (…)”

The Prime Minister of the Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rached al-Maktoum, announced the commissioning of the first reactor at the Barakah power plant of the United Arab Emirates, this Saturday August 1st.
“This is a historic moment for the Emirates in their goal of providing a new form of clean energy to the nation,” said Hamad Alkaabi, the representative of the Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). .

Last February, the Emirati authorities granted the exploitation of the nuclear plant. The latter is located in the north-west of the country, reports Le Figaro.

Postponement of the start date

For safety reasons, the start date of the first of the four reactors has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for late 2017. In addition, the four reactors will have the capacity to produce 5,600 megawatts of electricity when they are operational.

Made up of seven emirates, this federal state has a population of 9.3 million, of which nearly 80% are expatriates.

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