Nuclear reactor built in South Korea successfully connected to the electricity network of the United Arab Emirates: KEPCO

SEOUL, Oct. 09 (Yonhap) — The third unit of South Korea’s Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates has been successfully connected to the Middle Eastern country’s electricity transmission grid, it announced on Sunday. the public utility company. .

The Unit 3 plant began operations last month and delivered the first megawatts of carbon-free electricity last week, according to the Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO).

Commercial operation is expected to begin next year after further testing, he added.

Unit 3 is one of four nuclear reactors being built at Barakah, 270 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, under a $20 billion contract won by a consortium led by KEPCO in 2009. The project marked South Korea’s first export of a local product. commercial atomic power plant.

Barakah’s first unit began commercial operations in April 2021 and the second in March this year.

Unit 3 will add 1,400 megawatts of zero-carbon electricity to the UAE grid, bringing the total produced by the plant to 4,200 megawatts, according to KEPCO.

When all four units are in commercial operation, the Barakah power plant will produce up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs and is expected to help ensure the UAE’s energy sustainability and achieve its zero emissions goals.

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