ENEC to build two more nuclear reactors
Dubai, March 2, 2013
The UAE's Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has applied to the Gulf state's nuclear regulator for a licence to build the oil-exporting country's third and fourth nuclear reactors, the state news agency WAM reported.
In December 2009, the Opec member country awarded a group led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) a contract to build four 1,400 megawatt nuclear reactors to meet surging demand for electricity.
The UAE's Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation had granted ENEC a licence for the construction of the first two reactors last July.
The first reactor is expected to start operating in 2017, while the others will be ready by 2020.
Pouring concrete for the first reactor at the Braka site, located on the west of UAE's capital Abu Dhabi, began last July. The same process for the second reactor is expected to begin before the middle of this year, WAM reported.-Reuters
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