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UAE nuclear operator signs deal with French firm

1 Jul 2021

Nawah Energy Company, the company established to operate the UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant, has signed a maintenance and engineering services agreement (MESA) with France’s Framatome, a nuclear power technology provider

Nawah Energy Company, the company established to operate the UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant, has signed a maintenance and engineering services agreement (MESA) with France’s Framatome, a nuclear power technology provider.

The contract was signed during the e-fusion event, a UAE-French nuclear energy event held in Dubai on 29 and 30 June.

Under the scope of the MESA agreement, Framatome will provide maintenance and engineering services for the four APR1400 nuclear reactors of the 5.6GW Barakah nuclear power plant, the Arab world’s first nuclear power facility.

Speaking at the E-Fusion event in Dubai, Saleh al-Shehhi, the chief operating officer of Nawah Energy Company said that 95 per cent of the work on the overall Barakah nuclear project had been completed.

The first 1.4GW unit of the Barakah plant began commercial operations in April this year, with construction works and the fuel load for the second unit having been completed.

“Units 3 and 4 are in the final stages of construction, with 94 per cent of works on unit 3 and 89 per cent of construction works on unit 4 having been completed,” revealed Al-Shehhi.

Commercial operations of the first unit began in April, following the completion of the fuel load in February 2020 and then the connection to the grid in August 2020, Al-Shehhi told the delegates.

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