Hilalco wins $60m nuclear energy contract
Abu Dhabi, October 8, 2013
Abu Dhabi-based Hilal Bil Badi and Partner Contracting Company (Hilalco) has won a $60 million contract to develop a pivotal infrastructure for the UAE’s nuclear energy programme.
The contract was awarded by prime contractor Kepco, with the approval of The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), said a statement.
Hilalco will implement circulating water intake structures (CWIS), which will form part of the circulating water system on the four nuclear energy plants located at Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, the selected site of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme.
The reinforced concrete structures, which will take an estimated 45 months to develop will provide cooling water for the turbine condensers and turbine generator building cooling water heat exchangers.
CWIS are designed to protect the marine environment and must meet the stringent environmental requirements outlined by Abu Dhabi’s environmental regulator, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), said the statement.
“We would like to congratulate Hilalco on securing this important contract and we now look forward to working with them,” said Yagoob Al Shehhi, ENEC executive director of procurement and supply chain.
“Our vision is to power the future growth and prosperity of the UAE through a safe, clean, efficient and reliable civil nuclear energy programme. We are actively pursuing this vision through our quality management system and by working with the leading companies who are now able to bid for major contracts that can span decades.”
The first plant is scheduled to commence operations in 2017, pending further regulatory approvals. As well as diversifying the nation’s energy supply, with four plants online by 2020, nuclear energy will save the UAE up to 12 million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. - TradeArabia News Service