UAE has set a unique precedent in the Middle-eastern region by installing the condenser for its nuclear power plant at Barakah.
While many countries are involved in the bid to come out as ‘nuclear super powers’, the United Arab Emirates has set a unique precedent by installing the condenser for its energy-generating nuclear power plant at Barakah.
The installation proceedings were carried out with the attendance of United Arab Emirates’ Minister of International Co-operation and Development, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi and various other senior officers and engineers of UAE’s nuclear energy generation corporation – ENEC (Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation).
The nuclear energy program of UAE is a very systematically planned, governed and developed project focusing on generation of nuclear energy for the purposes of commercial utilisation and the resultant substantial reduction in the greenhouse emissions. The following are the key points about UAE’s nuclear energy generation programme:
In totality, there will be four nuclear power plants generating nuclear energy by 2020
- The installation of the condenser has been for the first Unit of the nuclear power plant which is expected to begin generating nuclear energy by 2017 once the necessary regulatory consents are received
- Beginning of constructional work on the second Unit of the nuclear power plant. Once completed and post the receiving of regulatory consent, the second Unit of the power plant will begin energy generation from 2018
- ‘Operating License’ for both the first and second Units of the power plant will be applied by the ENEC in 2015
The installation of the condenser is a very huge step towards the realisation of UAE’s nuclear energy generation programme. The technical aspects of the installed condenser can be listed out as follows:
- The condenser is the major instrument that will facilitate the generation of the nuclear energy by the continuous repetition of the cooling and re-heating of water and steam (the nuclear fission process)
- The condenser comprises of three main parts each weighing about 7, 00,000 kilograms and measuring 26 metres lengthwise
- Each part of the condenser is connected to the other by way of equalised channels
- Built in South Korea, the final welding process of the condenser took about seven months in the pre-designated ‘Reaction Containment Building’
The installation of the condenser has been right on schedule and it is expected that this timeliness will also result in the timeliness of other processes in the construction and development of the nuclear power plant without any delays to hamper the start of energy generation operations.
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