Barakah-1 starts commercial operations in UAE

09 Apr 2021

The Unit 1 reactor at the Barakah plant in the United Arab Emirates has successfully transitioned to full commercial operations, following a series of checks carried out since the reactor was first connected to the grid in August 2020.

The Barakah nuclear energy plant is located in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Unit 1 will supply 1,400MW of electricity from a single generator to the UAE grid. It is the largest single source of electricity in the UAE.

Barakah-1 first started supplying electricity to the grid in August last year. Over the last seven months operators have been performing start-up checks. With those verifications complete, full commercial operation can begin.

The remaining three units are expected to be brought online over the next few years. Fuel loading has just been completed at unit 2, with start-up due later this year.

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