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Work can begin on two additional nuclear power units in UAE

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) was approved to begin additional civil works for two new nuclear reactors at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE.

The UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) granted the approvals for preparation for pouring safety concrete on the reactor containment, auxiliary, turbine generator, component cooling water heat exchanger, and essential service water intake structure and compound buildings. This will allow for the installation of structural features such as formwork, rebar, embedded anchor bolts, electrical conduit and steel plates and piping.

ENEC is awaiting approval for a construction license for units 3 and 4 from FANR. The Construction License Application was submitted on March 1, 2013. ENEC also submitted an environmental impact assessment to The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. Units 3 and 4 are expected to begin operations in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Barakah Units 1 and 2 are currently under construction. Unit 1 is scheduled to enter commercial operations in 2017, and Unit 2 in 2018. ENEC will apply for an operating license for both units in 2015.

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