Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday announced the launch of the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world “Baraka”.
“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. The specialists managed to load nuclear fuel, conduct comprehensive tests and successfully complete the launch operation,” the prime minister wrote on 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 nuclear power plants and space exploration from the UAE a message to the world that the Arabs are able to renew their path in science and compete with the rest of the great nations. “
The nuclear power plant in Barak will consist of four power units with a total capacity of 5.6 megawatts.
Earlier, the director-general of the UAE Federal Agency for the Regulation of Atomic Activities FANR Christer Viktorsson said 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.