Abu Dhabi, UAE

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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.

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