Unit No 2 of Barakah NPP in the UAE is loaded with fuel

Operator Nawah Energy Company has announced the start of loading 241 fuel assemblies into the core of Unit 2 of Baraka NPP in the United Arab Emirates. One week earlier, the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Authority had issued a license to operate the second of four Korean-built APR-1400 units.

Nawah Energy Company is a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), which is owned by the Korean Electric Power Corporation (Kepco).

Power unit № 2 Baraka NPP. Photo: ENEC

“The diverse team of experts at Barakah is following strict safety guidelines and international best practices in loading fuel into the reactor of unit 2,” the company said in a statement. “The same process was successfully completed at unit 1 in early 2020, marking a year of safe operations and clean electricity generation at the Barakah plant.”

Once the fuel assemblies are loaded, Nawah will conduct a series of tests that precede the start of sequential processes known as power-up tests, when operators will gradually increase energy production levels. Then the power unit is synchronized with the mains. After passing these inspections, Unit No 2 will be put into commercial operation.

The Barakah NPP Unit № 1 received a permit for operation in February 2020, and has been operating at full capacity since December of the same year. This unit is currently undergoing the final stage of the test phase.

Construction of the first unit of the Baraka NPP began in July 2012, the second — in May 2013, the third — in September 2014 and the fourth — in September 2015. The state of readiness of the power unit is № 3 94%, № 4 — 87%, of the whole NPP — 95%. Baraka NPP is located in the municipal region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Ed Dafra.

World Nuclear News.