Abu Dhabi മൂന്ന The third unit of the Baraka nuclear power plant has been licensed. Licenses are issued by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulations after ensuring safety, quality and reliability. Nawaz NG Company, a sister company of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, is responsible for the operation.
Earlier, one or two units were operational on a commercial basis. The UAE is the first country in the Arab world to produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The nuclear power plant is located in Aldafra, Abu Dhabi. All three units are licensed to produce nuclear power for 60 years. Nawah submitted an application in 2017 for a work permit for units 3 and 4. Construction of the fourth unit is 97% complete.
Hamad al-Kabi, the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Deputy Chairman of the Federal Authority, said it was another historic moment for the UAE and that the country had reached the end of its 14 – year effort. The UAE’s nuclear program is in line with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safety standards, including nuclear laws and regulations. He said the third plant was still being used for commercial power generation.
The first unit was licensed in February 2020 and the second unit in March 2021. The first unit started commercial production in April 2021. Within a year, 50 lakh carbon emissions were eliminated. This is equivalent to the carbon emissions of more than 10 million cars a year.
The first plant will generate 10.5 tera watts of electricity per hour and supply it to homes and businesses across the UAE. With the commissioning of all 4 units, power can be continuously supplied to the UAE grid for decades.
With this, nuclear energy will account for 25% of the country’s energy consumption. This will prevent 2.1 crore tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The company said that by 2025, nuclear power will supply 85% of Abu Dhabi’s electricity needs.