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Fact sheet: Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, UAE.

Construction of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (Barakah NPP) is now "well underway" in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, and continues to progress safely and steadily, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced.

As of August 2015, up to 75% of Unit 1, 53% of Unit 2, and 27% of Unit 3 and Unit 4, are completed.

Overall completion is reported at 50% for all four units.

The plant will eventually consist of four nuclear power generating units, with a combined capacity of 5,600MW, providing up to 25% of the UAE's electricity needs.

Unit 1 is scheduled for completion in 2017, with additional units following at 12 monthly intervals.


The fourth unit is set to commence commercial operations in 2020, pending regulatory reviews and licensing.

At least 1,400,000 cubic yards of concrete have already been utilised in the construction of Barakah NPP Units 1 to 4.

This accounts for up to 50% of the total concrete that will be used on these structures once the program is complete, and is already three times the total volume of concrete used in the Burj Khalifa (431,600 cubic yards).

Up to 63 million man-hours have been invested in the construction of Barakah Units 1 - 4 since the pouring of first safety-related concrete for Unit 1 in 2012, to present day.

This is almost three times the man-hours required to complete construction of the Burj Khalifa (22 million man-hours).

At least 250,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel have been used in the construction of all four units.


The meters of cable installed in Barakah (1,559km) would stretch more than the distance between London and Rome (1,433.93km), ENEC reported.

In 2012, at the pouring of first safety concrete for Unit 1, the Barakah site comprised up to 1,400 construction staff.

Today, there are more than 17,000 construction staff at the site.

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Date:Sep 2, 2015
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