The Emirates Nuclear Energy Cooperation (ENEC) announced on Thursday the start of commercial operations of Unit Two at the UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.
Unit Two adds 1,400 megawatts of zero-carbon emission electricity to the UAE’s national grid, ENEC said, bringing the total produced by Units 1 and 2 to 2,800 megawatts.
“With two more units to follow and against the backdrop of spiraling global natural gas prices, the significance of the nuclear sector in clean, commercially-competitive energy generation only grows,” Khaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), said in a statement sent to the media.
When all four of its units are commercially operational, the nuclear plant will produce up to 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity needs. A statement from ENEC added that this level of adoption will prevent about “22.4 million tons of carbon emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions of 4.8 million cars.”
It will also be responsible for supplying the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi with 85 percent of its electricity.
The Barakah operation in UAE is the first multi-unit nuclear plant in the Arab world.
Unit 1 connected to the commercial grid in April 2021. Construction of the larger plant started in 2012 as the UAE began adapting a greener model of energy generation.
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