Unit 2 of Barakah nuclear energy plant connects to UAE’s transmission grid

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  • Date: 14-Sep-2021
  • Source: Gulf Business
  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Country: UAE
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Unit 2 of Barakah nuclear energy plant connects to UAE’s transmission grid

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced that its operations and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), has connected Unit 2 of the Barakah nuclear energy plant to the UAE grid. Following the start-up of Unit 2 last month, the Barakah plant became the first multi-unit operating nuclear plant in the UAE and Arab World. After its connection, Unit 2 is in preparation to adding a further 1,400MW of clean electricity capacity to the UAE grid, with the first megawatts of emissions-free electricity from this unit now being dispatched to businesses, schools and homes, reported. This takes ENEC and its subsidiaries closer to the half-way mark of its goal to supply up to a quarter of the country’s electricity needs 24/7, while driving reductions in carbon emissions, a statement said. During the grid connection, the Unit 2 generator was integrated and synchronised with the requirements of the UAE’s national electricity transmission grid, ahead of the start of commercial operations. With the integration and connection complete, Unit 2’s nuclear operators will begin the process of gradually raising the power levels of the reactor, known as Power Ascension Testing (PAT). Once the process is completed, Unit 2 will deliver thousands of