UAE’s first nuclear plant to be linked to the grid

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first nuclear plant has had its links to the grid approved. The 5,600MW Barakah nuclear plant is currently under construction and the first of its four reactors […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first nuclear plant has had its links to the grid approved.

The 5,600MW Barakah nuclear plant is currently under construction and the first of its four reactors is scheduled to be operational by May 2017, making it the first Arab state to have a nuclear power programme.

A transmission project worth 63 million Emirati Dirhams (£13.77m) will now supply and install four overhead power lines to guarantee the efficiency and continuity of electric supply in Abu Dhabi.

The electric cables, stretching for more than 89 kilometres, will be linked to the two main power stations in Madinat Zayed and Bab 2 and also supply the Abu Dhabi General Transport Company network.

The nuclear power is expected to provide low carbon electricity to large numbers of new housing units in both areas.

The remaining three 1,400MW reactors are also currently being built and will be gradually connected to the grid by May 2020.

The projects make up part of the energy and infrastructure Abu Dhabi Plan with an overall value of 235 million Emirati Dirhams (£51.33m)

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