The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has safely and successfully connected Unit 2 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant to the UAE grid, following its start-up in late August.
The Unit will deliver the first megawatts of carbon-free electricity from the second of four units at the Barakah Plant.
The Barakah Plant continues to set new benchmarks for new-build nuclear programs, said ENEC, adding that the cumulative knowledge and expertise developed by the operations teams on Unit 1 has been used to connect Unit 2 to the grid more efficiently, with a 10 percent reduction in the time between start-up and connection while in parallel.
The highest standards of nuclear safety and operational excellence continue to be applied, and with the Unit 2 grid connection completed, the Unit is in preparation to adding a further 1,400MW of clean electricity capacity to the national grid.
The milestone takes ENEC and its subsidiaries another step closer to the halfway mark of its goal to supply up to a quarter of the country’s electricity needs 24/7 while driving reductions in carbon emissions, the leading cause of climate change.
During grid connection, the Unit 2 generator was integrated and synchronized with the UAE’s national electricity transmission grid requirements ahead of the start of commercial operations.
The Barakah Plant, located in the al-Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy plants in the world, with four APR-1400 units.
Construction of the Plant began in 2012 and has progressed steadily ever since.
Units 1 is now producing thousands of megawatts of clean electricity around the clock, while Units 3 and 4 are in the final stages of commissioning at 95 percent and 91 percent complete, respectively, benefitting from the experience and lessons learned during the construction of Units 1 and 2.
The development of the Barakah Plant as a whole is now more than 96 percent complete. When fully operational, the plant will produce 5.6 gigawatts of free carbon electricity for more than 60 years to come.