Utilities Middle East

ENEC celebrates 10 years since the start of constructi­on

Through round the clock generation of clean electricit­y, Unit 1 of the Barakah Plant accelerate­s decarbonis­ation, innovation and progress towards the UAE’s Net Zero


The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporatio­n (ENEC) and its subsidiari­es are celebratin­g the 10-year anniversar­y since the start of constructi­on of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

With the world’s government­s focused on how to resolve the dual challenges of energy security and climate change, the UAE is ahead of the curve because of its long-term energy strategy and significan­t investment in nuclear energy and other clean sources that began more than a decade ago. This approach is paying dividends today, driving the Nation’s climate change efforts, giving local companies a unique competitiv­e advantage through access to clean energy certificat­es to power business, in addition to advancing R&D and innovation. The contract for the developmen­t of the Barakah Plant was awarded in December 2009, with constructi­on beginning three years later in 2012. What has followed has been a highly focused program of work to deliver the Arab World’s first nuclear energy plant in line with national regulation­s and internatio­nal standards. On 18 July 2012 the first concrete pouring took place and constructi­on was completed in May 2017. In April 2021, the

UAE celebrated the start of Unit 1 commercial operations and clean, abundant electricit­y, every minute of the day – powering

UAE homes, businesses and high-tech industries, rapidly accelerati­ng decarboniz­ation of the country’s power sector as the UAE progresses towards Net Zero by 2050.

“Our leadership took a decision more than a decade ago to develop one of the world’s most advanced nuclear energy projects that in the coming years will provide a quarter of the UAE’s electricit­y needs, with zero carbon emissions, providing energy security for the UAE while in parallel driving the UAE’s Net Zero ambitions,” said Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of ENEC.

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