Fourth nuclear reactor in UAE breaks ground

Fourth nuclear reactor in United Arab Emirates (UAE) breaks ground

Construction started on a fourth unit at the Barakah nuclear power project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) said it began regulated construction activity related to the reactor, containment building and supporting structures for Unit 4, the fourth identical reactor simultaneously under construction on one site. The Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR) approved the construction licenses for units 3 and 4 in September 2014. With four identical reactors underway, the Barakah plant surpasses nuclear build sites in China, the U.S., the UK, Russia and other countries.
 
Construction of the containment building will be completed over the next three years. Unit 4 is slated to begin operations in 2020 following completion of the first three reactors. ENEC must apply for a separate operating license before plant operations can begin.
 
Unit 1 is currently 75 percent complete, and all four units are more than 50 percent complete.



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