Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has installed the steam generators and the reactor vessel (RV) at Unit 4 of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, it announced on Monday. Unit 4 is the final unit at the $20bn plant. The RV is one of the most important and largest components in a nuclear energy plant. Weighing over 500 tonnes and measuring almost 15 metres in height, the RV will eventually contain the controlled nuclear reaction that will generate electricity. Meanwhile steam generators, which are similar in length to a tennis court, also play a key role in converting the energy generated by the nuclear fission reaction in the RV into electricity. The start of nuclear operations for Unit 1 has been pushed back from 2017 to 2018.