Final components installed at UAE NPP

20 August 2017

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has completed installation of steam generators and reactor vessel (RV) at unit 4 of the Barakah NPP in the United Arab Emirates, the final major components to be installed at the plant, Enec announced on 14 August. Four South Korean APR-1400 reactors are under construction at Barakah. Enec said unit 4 is now more than 52% complete. Unit 1 is 96% complete; unit 2, 85%; and unit 3, 75% complete. Overall construction is more than 82% complete.

The steel reactor vessel is one of the plant's largest component, weighing 500 tonnes and about 15 metres in height. The steam generators are almost 23 metres in height. Each APR1400 reactor has two steam generators.

The four Barakah units are being constructed by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Co (Kepco). The prime contract for the project was signed in 2009, and construction of the first unit began in July 2012 with work starting on the subsequent units over the next three years. Construction of unit 4 began in September 2014. The plant will be operated by Enec subsidiary Nawah, which is partially owned by Kepco. 

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