The UAE has completed construction of the third unit of its $ 32 billion nuclear power plant, the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in Abu Dhabi, which is expected to meet up to 25% of the country’s electricity needs with energy own.
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) made the announcement Thursday in time for the celebration of Energy Day on the sidelines of the 26th United Nations National Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change.
“This milestone means that the Barakah plant will soon provide another 1,400 MW (megawatts) of zero-emission electricity, underscoring the UAE’s leading role as a leader in clean energy,” a statement said.
The announcement comes just a month after the UAE pledged to invest more than 600 billion dirhams ($ 163 billion) in clean and renewable energy over the next few years to achieve net zero emissions of by 2050.
When fully operational, the nuclear power plant is expected to supply up to a quarter of the UAE’s electricity needs, as well as reduce annual carbon emissions by up to 21 million tonnes, which is roughly the equivalent of cleaning the streets. of 3.2 million cars. The project is part of the country’s initiative to generate clean energy.
Last September, the second section of the nuclear installation was successfully connected to the national grid, just a few months after the first section came into commercial service.
By 2025, the nuclear power plant is expected to have reduced Abu Dhabi’s carbon emissions by 50%.
With the third unit now complete, the UAE is “making smooth progress towards delivering a quarter of the UAE’s electricity needs entirely carbon-free,” said Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of ENEC.
The Barakah plant, construction of which began in 2012, is now over 96% complete.
(Written by Cleofe Maceda; edited by Seban Scaria)
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