Abu Dhabi: The UAE has today (August 1) become the first country in the Arab World to begin peaceful nuclear energy production. The successful opening of UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant was announced on Twitter by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“Today we announce the UAE’s success in operating the first peaceful nuclear energy reactor in the Arab world, at Barakah Nuclear Energy Stations in Abu Dhabi. The work teams succeeded in loading nuclear fuel packages, carrying out comprehensive tests and successfully completing the operation. I bless my brother Mohammed bin Zayed for this achievement,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed.
The successful opening of UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant was announced on Twitter by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
نعلن اليوم عن نجاح دولة الإمارات في تشغيل أول مفاعل سلمي للطاقة النووية في العالم العربي، وذلك في محطات براكة للطاقة النووية بأبوظبي .. نجحت فرق العمل في تحميل حزم الوقود النووي واجراء اختبارات شاملة وإتمام عملية التشغيل بنجاح . أبارك لأخي محمد بن زايد هذا الانجاز .. pic.twitter.com/e8VHz4o6BY
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 1, 2020
The tweet signals that Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in Abu Dhabi emirate’s Al Dhafra area has successfully begun operations, after completing a nearly five-month commissioning phase. It will be operated and maintained by the Nawah Energy Company, a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation.
“The goal is to operate four nuclear power stations that will provide a quarter of the state’s need for electricity in a safe, reliable and emission-free way. The UAE splits the atom, and wants to explore the galaxy. This is a message to the world that the Arabs are able to resume their scientific path, and compete with the rest of the great nations,”, Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also tweeted about the plant’s opening.
“In this phase, the operations team will increase the reactor power gradually until it reaches 15 per cent in order to be connected to the UAE power grid during the upcoming months, delivering the first megawatts of clean electricity,” the Abu Dhabi Media Office said.
“Today is a truly historic moment for the UAE. It is the culmination of more than a decade of vision, strategic planning and robust programme management. Despite the recent global challenges, our team has demonstrated outstanding resilience and commitment to the safe delivery of Unit 1. We are now another step closer to achieving our goal of supplying up to a quarter of our nation’s electricity needs and powering its future growth with safe, reliable and emissions-free electricity,” said Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, chief executive officer at Enec.
“We are grateful to the leadership for their continuous support in making this remarkable achievement happen, along with the support of our UAE stakeholders and Korean partners, and congratulate everyone involved in the programme on this landmark occasion,” Al Hammadi said.
حققنا نقلة نوعية في قطاع الطاقة الإماراتي وخطوة مهمة على طريق استدامة التنمية، بأيدي كفاءاتنا الوطنية..المحطة الأولى من محطات براكة للطاقة النووية السلمية تبدأ عملياتها التشغيلية وفق أعلى معايير السلامة العالمية. براكة إنجاز حضاري وتنموي تضيفه الإمارات إلى رصيد إنجازاتها المتفردة pic.twitter.com/1UvS5hN85p
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) August 1, 2020
The official also expressed his pride at the Emirati contribution to the programme. “I am especially proud of our talented Emirati engineers and nuclear professionals who contributed to the construction of Unit 1, as well as the UAE National Senior Reactor Operators and Reactor Operators who have been certified to safely operate the plant, alongside our international experts, to ensure the safe and sustainable operations of the unit,” he said. READ MORE HERE