UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant unit reaches 80% capacity

UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant unit reaches 80% capacity
The Barakah plant, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), will be the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab World. (WAM)
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Updated 18 November 2020

UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant unit reaches 80% capacity

UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant unit reaches 80% capacity
  • The milestone is part of the ongoing Power Ascension Testing
  • The next and final step will be to increase the plant’s electricity production to 100 percent capacity

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant achieved 80 percent of the reactor’s capacity power, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.
The milestone is part of the ongoing Power Ascension Testing, PAT, of Unit 1. The process involves a slow increase of the reactor’s power levels, data collections and tuning of the control and safety systems to ensure the unit complies with national and international safety, security and quality standards.
The UAE’s independent nuclear regulator Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, is overseeing the PAT.
The next and final step will be to increase the plant’s electricity production to 100 percent capacity, which is what the Nawah’s operations team are currently working on. Once the last stage is reached, Unit 1 will be gradually shut down to finish the check outage stage, which will go on for months while experts perform examinations and maintenance.
The Barakah plant, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), will be the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab World.
When completed, the four reactors will have a total capacity of 5,600 megawatts – enough to meet 25 percent of the UAE’s energy needs.


Iran plans to install more advanced atomic centrifuges underground: IAEA

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency said on December 2, 2020 Iran had begun operating advanced centrifuges at an underground section of its primary nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz. (AFP/File Photo)
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Iran plans to install more advanced atomic centrifuges underground: IAEA

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency said on December 2, 2020 Iran had begun operating advanced centrifuges at an underground section of its primary nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz. (AFP/File Photo)
  • Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers says Tehran can only use first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, which are less efficient

VIENNA: Iran has told the UN nuclear watchdog it plans to install three more cascades, or clusters, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its underground uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, the agency told member states on Friday in a report obtained by Reuters.

“Iran informed the Agency that the operator of the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz ‘intends to start installation of three cascades of IR-2m centrifuge machines’ at FEP,” the agency wrote, adding that the three cascades were in addition to one of IR-2m machines already used for enrichment there.

Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers says Tehran can only use first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, which are less efficient, at the underground plant and that those are the only machines Iran can accumulate enriched uranium with.