UAE to open Gulf’s first nuclear reactor next year

The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced plans to open a nuclear power plant next year, in what would be a first for the emirate and the Arab Gulf region. The $20-billion Barakah plant west of Abu Dhabi is being constructed by a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corp.

The $20-billion Barakah plant west of Abu Dhabi is being constructed by a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corp. When fully operational, the four reactors will produce 5,600 megawatts of electricity.

UAE Energy Minister Suhail Mazrouei said the first of four UAE nuclear reactors was 96 per cent complete and would “definitely” start up next year after delays following safety checks. He gave no exact date. Mazrouei said that “clean” energy was slated to make up 27 per cent of the UAE’s energy sources by 2021.

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