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UAE's first nuclear power plant ready to start operations

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 28, 2020
The first of four reactors at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the western United Arab Emirates is ready for operation, the operator announced today.
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Quoted by the official WAM news agency, Nawah Energy Company specified that an international team of experts evaluated the first of the units, a previous step to obtain the license granted by the country's Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

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The firm, a subsidiary of the national Nuclear Energy Corporation, explained that they will soon begin the sequence to start power tests.

After that phase, a process will begin, lasting several months, to raise the levels of power generation, before starting commercial operations, he detailed. Once completed, this will be the world's largest four-reactor nuclear plant, with a production capacity of 5,600 megawatts.

Although it is a major producer of hydrocarbons, this Arab country is promoting a policy to reduce its dependence on gas and oil by developing other sources of energy, such as wind and photovoltaic.