Mon 14-01-2019 21:09 PM
ABU DHABI, 14th January, 2019 (WAM) — Mohammed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, stated that the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme plays a key role in supporting economic and social growth, as the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant will produce environmentally-friendly electricity without carbon emissions.
In statements to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Al Hammadi explained that new generations of nuclear power reactors that are under development, which are also known as small reactors, are a promising development in the sector, and can complement the pressurised water reactors, PWR, of the advanced third generation APR1400 adopted by the Barakah Peaceful Nuclear Power Plant Project, which produces considerable baseload electricity.
On the sidelines of the ENEC’s participation in the World Future Energy Summit, one of the main activities of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Al Hammadi stressed that peaceful nuclear energy, along with renewable energy, can help combat climate change and limit carbon emissions.
He also noted that the programme is helping to achieve the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to limit the UAE’s carbon print by 70 percent over the next 30 years.
Al Hammadi also highlighted the importance of international partnerships in the peaceful nuclear energy sector while noting the joint coalition agreement signed between the ENEC and the Korea Electric Power Corporation, KEPCO, and its success in achieving key accomplishments in terms of construction and operations.
The plant’s construction is steadily progressing, and the completion of its four stations has reached a rate of over 91 percent at the end of November 2018.
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