Deputy PM meets sol­dier’s fam­ily

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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.

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