Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant's Unit 1 reaches 80% power capacity

Unit 1 of Barakah Nuclear Energy PlantNawah Energy Company (Nawah) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have announced that the reactor of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved 80% of the reactor’s capacity power

The achievement marks a significant step in the ongoing power ascension testing (PAT) of Unit 1, which involves slowly raising the reactor power levels, while collecting data and tuning the control and safety systems. 

Throughout the process, the systems of Unit 1 are monitored and tested, to make sure they comply with the highest international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability as well as the national regulatory requirements.

The PAT is being conducted under the supervision of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), an independent nuclear regulator in UAE, which has conducted more than 280 inspections since the beginning of Barakah’s development. These reviews are further supported by more than 40 assessments and peer reviews by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

Nawah’s operations team at Unit 1 are now working to increase the plant’s electricity production to 100% capacity, following which Unit 1 will be shut down to begin a check outage.

The check outage takes place over a period of several months, where Unit 1’s systems will be carefully examined, and any planned or corrective maintenance procedures will be performed, to ensure Unit 1 is safe, before any commercial operations commence.

The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, adheres to the highest international standards of safety, security, quality, transparency, and non-proliferation.

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