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UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant unit 3 connected to transmission grid

The UAE's Barakah power plant WAM
The UAE's Barakah power plant

UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (ENEC) operations and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), has connected unit 3 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant to the UAE’s transmission grid.

The third unit will add another 1,400 megawatts of zero-carbon emission electricity capacity to the national grid, WAM, the UAE state-owned news agency, reported.

Barakah’s first two units are already in commercial operation, with unit 3 close to commercial operations in the coming months.

This will accelerate the decarbonisation of the power sector and forms an essential component of the UAE’s net zero 2050 strategy.

Following the grid connection, unit 3 will undergo the process of gradually raising power levels. The process will be continuously monitored and tested until maximum electricity production is reached, the report said.

The start-up of unit 3 by Nawah Energy was achieved one year after the start-up of unit 2. Unit 4 is in the final stages of commissioning before the completion of construction.

The nuclear power plant will eliminate 22.4 million tons of carbon emissions when fully operational.