Deputy PM meets soldier’s family
Seventy per cent of the construction at the Barakah nuclear power plant has been completed, the firm building the facility has said. The station, which is located in Abu Dhabi close to the Saudi Arabian border, will eventually provide 25 per cent of the country’s electricity. Mohamed Al Hammadi, the CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), said: “We at ENEC are proud of the progress we have made in the development of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme. “We are committed to delivering safe, clean, efficient and reliable nuclear energy to power the future growth of the UAE, and we have made substantial progress towards achieving this goal at our Barakah facility.” He said all four units at Barakah are about 70 per cent complete. Al Hammadi described it as “an amazing achievement, considering that we started construction a mere four years ago”. He said: “Most recently, we installed Unit 3’s reactor vessel, completed the construction of the concrete dome for the Unit 2 Reactor Containment Building and are progressing steadily through the testing and commissioning phase at Unit 1, where the structural integrity and integrated leak tests were recently completed.” In 2009 the UAE became the first country in 27 years to begin work on a civilian nuclear plant. HH Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, has offered his condolences to the family of the fallen Emirati serviceman Saeed Anbar Juma Al Falasi, who succumbed to his wounds in a French hospital after being injured in Yemen. While visiting the mourning majlis in the Al Wasl area, Sheikh Saif extended his heartfelt condolences to the soldier’s father and sons. Al Falasi is the 99th serviceman to be killed in Yemen while serving with Operation Restoring Hope. The Arab coalition is seeking to return the country’s government to power after it was forced out by Houthi rebels last year.