ENEC to produce 85pc of UAE clean electricity by 2025

ENEC to produce 85pc of UAE clean electricity by 2025

DUBAI: The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is set to produce 85 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s clean electricity by 2025 in line with the UAE’s pivot towards green energy projects, according to its chief executive.

The Barakah nuclear power plant also has the potential to generate one million tonnes of hydrogen per year, Mohamed Al Hammadi told the Gulf Intelligence UAE energy forum on Wednesday, report agencies.

“In the UAE we have a pro-active and science based approach to energy policy that has enabled the country to lead the way and towards a sustainable energy future,” Mr Al Hammadi said.

“We were the first in the region to sign the Paris Agreement in 2016 and recently became the first Opec nation to commit to achieving net-zero by 2050.”

The UAE plans to invest $160 billion over the next three decades to hasten clean energy development. The country is building world’s largest solar plant in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi as well as other projects in Dubai.

The Emirates also recently completed the construction of Unit 3 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, the Arab world’s first multi-unit operating nuclear energy plant.

Unit 1 of the plant is already fully operational and Unit 2 was recently connected to the main grid and continues to undergo testing.

“This is only the beginning. The potential for clean energy moving forward is wide reaching and the role of nuclear and renewable is instrumental in this, with the UAE showing the way towards the cleaner future,” Mr Al Hammadi said.

Four units of the nuclear plant have the potential to generate around 1 million tonnes of hydrogens per year, he said.

“At the same time, the oil and gas industry is also playing an important and crucial role in the generation of hydrogen, with plans of expansions to generate hydrogen through the carbon capture, usage and storage are already underway,” Mr Al Hammad said.