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UAE regulator issues operating licence for Unit 4 of the Barakah nuclear plant

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has issued an operating licence to Nawah Energy Company for the commissioning and commercial operation of the 1.4 GW fourth unit of the Barakah nuclear power plant, located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Unit 4 is scheduled for commissioning before the end of 2023.

The Barakah nuclear plant is developed by Nawah Energy, a joint venture of ENEC Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco). Kepco's subsidiary Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) started to build the project in 2012, which consists of four 1.4 GW APR-1400 units. The first reactor was commissioned in April 2021, the second reactor in March 2022, and the third in February 2023. Construction of the fourth Korean-designed APR-1400 unit at the power plant began in 2015, three years after work began on the first Barakah unit. All units are licenced to operate for 60 years.

In 2022, nuclear represented 9.5% of the UAE’s installed capacity with 4 GW and 12% of its power generation with more than 19 TWh.

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