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Abu Dhabi and Nuclear Power Plants

Abu Dhabi is one of the seven Emirates making up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and is the capital city of UAE, even though it is actually the second largest city in UAE, (Dubai being bigger). Less than half a million of the over two and a half million Abu Dhabi residents are UAE nationals (80% are foreign nationals).

Abu Dhabi has 9% of the world’s oil reserves and 5% of the natural gas. It produces around 3 million barrels of oil per day, but the UAE has successfully diversified its economy so that now less than half the GDP comes from oil and gas.

Even so they continue to diversify. You would not think a country with so much oil and gas would be building nuclear power plants, but that is exactly what the UAE is doing.

The 1,400MW Barakah nuclear power plant is the first, and is being constructed 50km west-southwest of the city of Ruwais, and planns to come online in 2017.

This Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) $32bn project, which consists of four units of 1,400MW each, started in 2012 following receipt of the construction license from the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and environmental approval from the Environment Agency. The operating license application for the first two units was filed with FANR in March 2015.

For those with technical experience or knowledge of nuclear power plants, the APR1400 reactor consists of advanced features such as direct vessel injection from the safety injection system, passive flow regulation device in the safety injection tank, in-containment re-fueling water supply system. The reactors feature two steam generators, which will transfer the heat of 4,000MW from the reactor coolant system to the secondary system. This secondary system will produce steam for turbine-generator.

ENEC has supply contracts with France's Areva and Russia's Tenex for the supply of uranium concentrates along with providing conversion and enrichment services.

ENEC awarded a $20.4bn contract to the consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) for the design, construction and operation of all four nuclear power units. This consortium comprises Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Hyundai, Samsung, Doosan, Korea Power Engineering Company, Korea Nuclear Fuel, and Korea Plant Service and Engineering.

Bechtel is providing design and project management support services to KEPCO E&C, a subsidiary of KEPCO.

And don’t forget – Let’s put commissioning, including nuclear power plants, in its rightful place among the other disciplines! At the top, where it belongs.


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