The Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, on Saturday, announced the launch of the first Baraka nuclear power plant in the Arab world.
“Today we publicly announce the success of the UAE in launching the first peaceful nuclear reactor in the Arab world at the Barakah station in Abu Dhabi. Specialists managed to load nuclear fuel, conduct complex tests, and successfully complete the launch operation,” the Prime Minister wrote on the social network Twitter.
He noted that the UAE is going to “operate four nuclear power plants that will provide a quarter of the state’s electricity needs in a safe, reliable and environmentally friendly way, calling the nuclear power plants and space research by the UAE “a message to the world that the Arabs are able to resume their path in science and compete with the rest of the great Nations”.
The Baraka nuclear power plant will consist of four power units with a total capacity of 5.6 megawatts.
Earlier, Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of the UAE Federal Agency for nuclear regulation FANR, told that the first Barakah nuclear power plant in the Arab world could be launched in early 2020 after the Agency issues a license for its operation and after loading nuclear fuel.
The first Emirati nuclear power plant with four reactors is being built in the West of the country, on the Persian Gulf coast in the al-Arabiya region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, located 250 kilometers from the country’s capital.
Construction of the $ 25 billion power plant began in 2011, and the plant was expected to start generating electricity in 2017.