UAE nuclear project marks milestone
Abu Dhabi, November 6, 2013
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has completed the fabrication and installation of the Containment Liner Plate (CLP) in the Reactor Containment Building for Barakah Unit 1, the UAE’s first nuclear plant.
The CLP is one of multiple defense-in-depth barriers that ensure the safety and security of nuclear energy plants. This cylindrical steel shell forms the inner wall, ceiling, and floor of the Reactor Containment Building (RCB), which is where the nuclear reactor is housed.
The 2,000-tonne cylindrical structure, which measures nearly 60 meters in height and 45 meters in diameter, was constructed and installed in 19 stages over the past nine months. The process involved more than 420,000 man-hours and is just one aspect of the complex construction programme underway at Barakah.
Once the dome of the Reactor Containment Building is completed, the height of the structure will measure more than 80 meters in height.
“We are pleased with the safe and successful installation of this major structure. The team has carried out the entire process prioritizing safety and quality at all times,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of Enec.
“This is a significant milestone in the construction programme to safely deliver unit 1 by 2017. The hard work continues as we focus on our next major milestone for Unit 1, which is the reactor vessel setting. We aim to complete this by the second quarter of next year.”
Over the next four months, the team will continue to cover the CLP in concrete to complete the containment structure for the reactor building. A special Polar Crane, which is used to install the Reactor Vessel (RV) and Steam Generators (SG) as well as other large equipment, will then be installed.
Enec is building a total of four APR 1400MW nuclear energy reactors at Barakah, in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Unit 1 will take five years to complete, with commercial operations commencing in 2017, pending regulatory approval.
By 2020, with four plants online, the UAE will receive up to a quarter of its electricity needs from safe, clean, efficient and reliable nuclear energy, and save up to 12 million tons in carbon emissions each year.
As part of its ongoing commitment to transparency, safety, quality, efficiency and continuous improvement, Enec will be hosting the New Nuclear International Conference (NNIC) next week in partnership with USA’s Goodnight Consulting.
Taking place at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal from November 11 to 14, the conference will bring together nuclear energy leaders from more than 40 countries to share their experience in all aspects of the nuclear life cycle. – TradeArabia News Service