UAE HAS STARTED OPERATING THE FIRST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN THE ARAB WORLD
The Arab world with rich oil fields is turning to alternative energy sources. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), which ranks seventh in the world in terms of the richness of oil deposits, has started operating the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world, the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.
In the first stage, only 1 reactor of the power plant consisting of 4 reactors was commissioned. UAE Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktum used the following statements in his statement on his social media account: “Today, we announce that the first peaceful nuclear reactor of the UAE in the Arab world has been successfully operating at the Baraka station in Abu Dhabi. Work teams have successfully completed the process of loading nuclear fuel, conducting extensive tests and commissioning.”
The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant was planned to be put into operation in 2017, but the opening was delayed several times due to security concerns. The cost of the power plant is $ 24 billion. It is expected to produce 5,600 megawatts of electricity when all of its four reactors come into operation. The power plant has the capacity to supply 25 percent of the electricity needs in the country.
Qatar, one of the neighboring countries of the United Arab Emirates, is not happy with the operation of the nuclear power plant. Qatar officials said the Barakah Power Plant poses a “threat to regional peace”. The UAE, which has signed an agreement with the United States (USA), has previously committed that it will not enrich uranium in its nuclear facilities. The UAE also announced that the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant is open to the audits of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEO).
Egypt is expected to become the second Arab country with a nuclear power plant after the UAE. The nuclear power plant, which is under construction by the Russian companies on the Mediterranean coast, is planned to be commissioned in 2026. However, experts state that the facility, which experienced disruptions in the construction process, could probably start operating at a later date.