The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant embodies a path of hard and ambitious work toward hitting new milestones in the UAE’s track record of achievements, reflecting the country’s rigorous planning for sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Despite the challenges currently facing the entire world, the project is continuing to advance steadily and safely. The completion of the project, which has made the first peaceful nuclear energy operating nation in the Arab World, is filled with success stories that began more than 10 years ago.
Since the establishment of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear programme more than a decade ago, Emirati cadres have received advanced training to be capable of carrying out their duties in all phases of the project, from construction to operation.
Today, Emirati citizens account for 60 percent of the employees in Nuclear Energy Corporation and its subsidiary companies, the Nawah Power Company and the “Barakah First Company; and the total number of reactor operators is 72, including 42 Emirati reactor operators and senior reactor operators. The Barakah nuclear power plant is equipped with four APR1400 reactor units.
The four units at Barakah will be able to generate up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity by producing 5,600 MW of clean electricity, preventing the release of 21 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year. This is to equivalent to removing 3.2 million cars off the roads annually.
The UAE is committed to upholding its 2008 nuclear policy principles of transparency, safety and security, sustainability and international cooperation to ensure the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme is developed in line with the highest standards.
During the last decade, the UAE welcomed the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, and World Association of Nuclear Operators, WANO, to undertake over 40 missions and peer reviews of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant to ensure that the construction, commissioning and subsequent operation is undertaken in line with global best practices, as well as the robust regulatory requirements of the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR.