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ENEC installs containment liner plate for UAE’s first nuclear energy plant via Zawya

Construction of Barakah Unit 1 progressing on schedule; safety, quality and security remain paramount to UAE’s nuclear energy program
Abu Dhabi, 25 March, 2013: Construction of the UAE’s first nuclear energy reactor continues to progress, with the installation of the Containment Liner Plate (CLP) in the Reactor Containment Building for Barakah Unit 1 last week. The CLP is one of the many defense-in-depth barriers that ensure the safety of nuclear energy plants.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) installed the first modularized sections of the 2000 ton steel cylinder. The installation was the culmination of months of work, and is just one element of the complex construction program underway at Barakah.

With the CLP installation proceeding, ENEC and KEPCO remain on track to deliver the country’s first nuclear energy reactor, Barakah Unit 1, in 2017. A total of four nuclear energy reactors are set to be constructed by 2020, producing a significant portion of the UAE’s energy needs and saving up to 12 million tons in carbon emissions every year.

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The Containment Liner Plate is a cylindrical steel shell that forms the inner wall, ceiling, and floor of the Reactor Containment Building (RCB)

“The Liner Plate plays a fundamental role in ensuring the safety of the containment structure, which is where the nuclear reactor is housed. It is one of many physical barriers that ensure the safety of our employees, the community and the environment and make Generation III+ nuclear energy plants incredibly robust structures.”

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About ENEC
ENEC is working to deliver safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE. By 2020, ENEC aims to have four APR-1400 reactors providing clean electricity to meet the nation’s growing energy needs.

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