UAE's Barakah Unit 1 achieves 100% power capacity

Unit 1 is providing the UAE with 1,400MW of clean electricity

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. The United Arab Emirate's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Unit 2.

Image used for illustrative purpose. The United Arab Emirate's Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Unit 2.

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UAE - The Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved 100% power capacity before starting its commercial operations in early 2021.

By reaching 100% power, Unit 1 is providing the UAE with 1,400MW of clean electricity, making the Unit 1 generator the largest single source of electricity in the country, according to a press release on Monday.

Achieving 100% power is one of the final steps of the Power Ascension Testing (PAT) phase of the start-up process for Unit 1.

Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) is handling the operations of Unit 1 and has been responsible for increasing the power levels since it launched the start-up process in July and connected the generator to the UAE grid in August.

Nawah is an operating and maintenance subsidiary for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).

The CEO of ENEC, Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, said: "Unit 1 marks a new era for the power sector and the future of the clean carbon economy of the Nation, with the largest source of electricity now being generated without any emissions."

Meanwhile, the CEO of Nawah, Ali Al Hammadi, commented: "This is a key achievement for the UAE, as we safely work through the start-up process for Unit 1 of the Barakah plant."

Source: Mubasher

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