The commercial operation of Unit 3 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant represents a significant step forward in the UAE’s efforts to achieve sustainability and its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
With the addition of 1,400 megawatts of zero-carbon emission electricity capacity, the UAE’s total production capacity of electricity from the Barakah plant now stands at 4,200 megawatts, which is a significant contribution towards meeting the country’s growing energy demands while reducing its carbon footprint.
The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant consists of four nuclear reactors, and Units 1 to 3 are now commercially operational, with Unit 4 currently undergoing commissioning and testing. The combined capacity of Units 1, 2, and 3 is 4,200 megawatts, allowing the UAE national grid to be supplied with reliable and clean electricity around the clock.
UAE’s transition to a greener future through investment in renewable and nuclear energy
Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra district, which is a strategic location for the UAE’s energy sector due to its proximity to major oil and gas fields and access to international shipping lanes.
The UAE has been working to diversify its energy mix and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, and the Barakah plant is an important step in that direction. The plant uses nuclear energy, which is a safe and dependable source of energy that can help to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and ensure the UAE’s energy future.
The efficient delivery and completion of Unit 3 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in one of the shortest timeframes compared to other third-generation reactors built around the world is an impressive accomplishment.
It clearly shows the UAE’s commitment to implementing advanced nuclear technologies, as well as its ability to complete major infrastructure projects on time and on budget.
The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, the region’s first multi-unit operating plant, is a major accomplishment for the Arab world.
The plant’s ability to power more than 80% of Abu Dhabi’s clean energy consumption by December 2022 demonstrates its dependability and efficiency.
The plant’s advanced technology and adherence to the highest safety standards ensure that it can provide a sustainable and secure source of electricity for the UAE for many years to come.
The Managing Director and CEO of ENEC, Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, expressed his pride in the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program as Unit 3 begins commercial operations, less than a year after Unit 2 began commercial operations successfully.
The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is setting a global benchmark for other nations seeking to diversify their energy mix during a time of global energy crises.
With three commercially operational units, the plant contributes to the UAE’s energy security, sustainable economic growth, innovation, and the achievement of the Net Zero strategy by 2050.
ENEC is enthusiastic to highlight the importance of nuclear energy in addressing climate change at COP28 in the UAE in November, highlighting proven solutions that are currently available.
According to Nasser Al Nasseri, CEO of Barakah One Company, which is responsible for representing the financial and commercial interests of the Barakah Plant project, the commercial operations of Unit 3 mark a significant milestone in the project’s delivery.
Al Nasseri reaffirmed the company’s commitment to generating clean electricity for the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) in accordance with the Power Purchase Agreement signed in 2016.
The sale of clean electricity will help to support Abu Dhabi’s Clean Energy Certification program by providing more opportunities for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, gain a competitive advantage, and stimulate the growth of the Net Zero economy.
Chief Executive Nawah Ali Al Hammadi stated, the start of commercial operations for Unit 3 is a significant milestone for the company.
Nawah has ensured that the operations are in compliance with both international and national regulations, and the team of highly skilled national and international experts has extensive experience operating the plant safely and efficiently.
With all three units running at the same time, Nawah can provide consistent, dependable, and long-term clean electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Barakah Plant, the region’s first of its kind, is setting the stage for the UAE’s decarbonization efforts and assisting Abu Dhabi businesses with their sustainability goals by providing clean energy certificates.
The plant has created thousands of high-wage jobs and added millions of dollars in value to local businesses. When fully operational, the plant will save 22.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year and free up billions of dirhams in natural gas that would otherwise be used for electricity generation.
It’s worth mentioning that the UAE has been investing heavily in renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power in recent years in order to diversify its energy mix and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
The inclusion of nuclear power in the country’s energy mix is another step towards meeting the country’s long-term sustainability objectives.