One year on: Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant delivers significant wins for energy security and sustainability in the UAE
- 12 months of commercial operation has delivered 10.5 TWh of zero emissions electricity, preventing 5 million tons of carbon emissions
- The Barakah Plant is accelerating the UAE’s path to Net Zero 2050 through rapid decarbonization of the power sector
- Unit 1 scheduled refueling outage begins
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 April 2022: The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has celebrated the 1st anniversary of the start of commercial operations at Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafra region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.
Since April 2021, Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant has generated more than 10.5 Terawatt hours of clean electricity, powering homes and businesses across the UAE, and enabling businesses to become more sustainable and access ESG funding through clean energy certification. Unit 1 has also prevented the release of more than five million tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to the emissions of more than 1 million cars driven for a year. The Barakah Plant is leading the largest decarbonization effort in the Arab World and sustainably and securely powering the UAE on its path to Net Zero.
Barakah Unit 2 achieved commercial operations on 24 March 2022, less than a year after Unit 1, doubling the benefits nuclear energy brings to the nation. The knowledge gained and lessons learned from operating Unit 1 have been reflected in operating Unit 2, resulting in significant efficiency gains, while maintaining the highest safety standards. Units 1 and 2 enable 50% delivery of the target of the Barakah plant, to provide 25% of the UAE’s electricity for the next six decades.
Across the remainder of the Barakah project, Unit 3 construction was completed in 2021 and is now undergoing operational readiness preparations, and Unit 4 in the final stages of commissioning prior to construction completion. The development of the Barakah Plant as a whole is now more than 96 percent complete.
H.E. Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ENEC, said: “We are proud to be celebrating the 1st anniversary since the start of commercial operations of Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant in April 2021. The Plant is a sustainable powerhouse for the Nation, generating abundant emissions-free electricity 24/7. Barakah is a leading contributor to the UAE’s Net Zero target and we are rapidly decarbonizing the power sector. The tangible power generation coupled with significant emissions reduction demonstrates the benefits nuclear energy brings in accelerating the decarbonization of the power sector. The Barakah Plant is just the beginning, as we now move forward in investing in R&D and innovation in areas including clean hydrogen, regional grids and SMR technology to further expand on the strong foundation we have created. We have offered hundreds of jobs to Emiratis and international experts and will continue to inspire a generation of clean electricity champions and climate change leaders to join our program in the years to come.”
Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the operating and maintenance subsidiary of ENEC, has now started the scheduled maintenance and refueling outage on Unit 1 which involves shutting down the reactor, implementing thousands of planned maintenance activities, and replacing around a third of the fuel assembles in the reactor core. The remaining fuel assemblies at Unit 1 are being re-configured to ensure the optimal and efficient operation of the Unit. During this time, over 1,000 additional nuclear specialists have joined the existing team at Barakah to undertake this process in line with the highest national regulations and international standards. On completion, the unit will be restarted and powered back up to full power to run for another 12 months. This planned refuel process will take place on each unit every 12 months.
Once operational, the four Units of the Barakah Plant will produce up to 5,600 MW of clean electricity and will prevent 22.4 million tons of carbon emissions every year. By 2025, the Barakah Plant will be producing 85% of Abu Dhabi’s clean electricity and will be the biggest contributor to reducing the UAE power sector’s carbon emissions.
About the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy. Established by decree in December 2009 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, ENEC represents all aspects of the United Arab Emirates Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program.
ENEC’s flagship Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is generating safe, clean and reliable 24/7 electricity for the United Arab Emirates, supporting the Nation’s social and economic growth and tackling climate change. As a result, the Barakah Plant is a sustainable powerhouse for the Nation, spearheading the United Arab Emirates’ Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative by leading the largest decarbonization effort in the UAE and Arab World. ENEC is exploring further opportunities through its R&D Roadmap, including advanced nuclear technologies such as Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology and clean hydrogen generation, as well as in related industries, such as space exploration, agriculture and medicine.
About Nawah Energy Company
A Joint Venture subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and partially owned by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Nawah Energy Company has been mandated to safely operate and maintain Units 1 to 4 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in adherence to the highest standards of quality, safety, security, and operational transparency.
Nawah is a multinational, multicultural company committed to operating excellence through its skilled nuclear energy workforce in the United Arab Emirates, with a focus on the development of UAE Nationals, and ensuring the highest levels of efficiency and standards in operating the Barakah Plant.
About Barakah One Company
A Joint Venture subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and partially owned by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Barakah One Company is in charge of representing the financial and commercial interests of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant project.
For more information, visit www.enec.gov.ae