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Korean trade minister visits Barakah site
January 25, 2014
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ABU DHABI: The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) on Friday hosted Minister Yoon Sang-jick of the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea at Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, the site of the UAEís peaceful nuclear energy programme.

The visit was an opportunity for the minister to witness the construction progress that has been made and further strengthen the bilateral relations between Republic of Korea and the UAE.

In 2009, ENEC awarded the Prime Contract to construct the UAEís first nuclear energy plants to a consortium led by the Korean Electric Power Company (KEPCO), one of the world leaders in safety, plant reliability and efficiency.

ìWe are very pleased to welcome Minister Yoon to the Barakah site where we have made significant progress towards achieving our plans for the development of a safe, secure and efficient nuclear energy programme in partnership with KEPCO,î said Chief Executive Officer of ENEC,  Mohamed Al Hammadi. ìWe remain on schedule to deliver the first plant in 2017 and we look forward to continuing our work together to ensure the successful delivery of the project.î ENEC recently announced the achievement of a milestone for Barakah Unit 1, with the completion of the fabrication and installation of the Containment Liner Plate (CLP) in the Reactor Containment Building. Commercial operations for Unit 1 are set to commence in 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

Barakah Unit 2 is also well under way and with the plant scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2018, pending regulatory approval. ENEC is on track to break ground for the third plant later this year and will apply for an Operating License for Units 1 and 2 in 2015. With four plants operational by 2020, nuclear energy will deliver up to a quarter of the UAEís electricity needs, while saving up to 12 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Dr Kenneth Petrunik from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation ( ENEC ) said recently at the World Future Energy Summit 2014 that  no other energy source can provide the same volumes of clean electricity as nuclear energy.

ìENEC has spent the last four years working to develop a safe, reliable and efficient nuclear energy programme for the UAE,î said Dr Petrunik. ìToday, we have our first two plants already under construction. We are also on track to break ground on our third plant later this year.î By 2020, the UAE will have four plants in commercial operation, producing 5600MW of clean electricity, which will meet up to a quarter of the countryís energy needs.î The programme will also save the UAE approximately 12 million tons in greenhouse gas emissions every year.

Benefits

“There are many more benefits to a world-class nuclear energy programme that the UAE will also gain,” continued Dr. Petrunik.

ìThese include the economic growth and development of a new, high-tech industry, job creation for thousands of employees and enhanced training and development programme through partnerships with world-leading academic institutions.î

He also highlighted the importance of public support in developing new nuclear programmes. ENEC has striven to educate its communities about nuclear energy in order to build confidence and correct misperceptions. The latest research figures indicate that more than 80% of the UAE population believes nuclear energy is important for the nation.

As part of its community awareness initiative, ENEC has been hosting a series of ongoing public forums all over the country to inform UAE residents about the nationís peaceful nuclear energy programme, the progress of the plants under construction and how nuclear energy fits into the countryís energy portfolio. The forums also educate residents about career opportunities for Emiratis interested in joining the flourishing nuclear energy industry.

WAM/Agencies

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