“The UAE has entered a landmark phase today,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Emirates’ vice chairman and prime minister.
“The first megawatt from the first Arab nuclear plant has entered the national power grid,” stated Sheikh Mohammed, who can also be the ruler of Dubai.
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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan too lauded the “historic milestone”.
“The start of commercial operations at the Barakah nuclear energy plant is a historic milestone for the UAE that significantly enhances the sustainability of our entire power sector,” he tweeted.
The UAE, which is made up of seven emirates, together with the capital Abu Dhabi and freewheeling Dubai, is the fourth largest oil producer within the OPEC cartel.
The nation was constructed on oil, however is spending billions to develop sufficient renewable vitality to cowl half of its wants by 2050.
When totally operational, the 4 reactors of the Barakah plant will generate 5,600 megawatts, round 25 % of the UAE’s electrical energy wants.
The plant began up in August when authorities pushed the button on the first of 4 reactors.
Barakah, which implies “blessing” in Arabic, is an Arab first.
Saudi Arabia, the world’s prime oil exporter, has stated it plans to construct as much as 16 nuclear reactors, however the venture has but to materialise.
Barakah — on the Gulf coast, west of Abu Dhabi — was constructed by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation at a price of some $24.4 billion.
Across the Gulf, Iran operates a Russian-built nuclear energy plant at Bushehr on its southern coast.