30 May 2013

Construction Start at Second Unit in United Arab Emirates (UAE)

On 28 May 2013 construction officially began at the second unit of the Barakah plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Present at the concrete pouring to mark the event were officials from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the prime contractor, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). The reactor is scheduled to take five years to build and therefore be operational by 2018, a year behind the first unit. Each unit at the plant is a 1.4 GW APR reactor. The total construction cost of the plant when all four units are complete is expected to be in the order of $40 billion, although the final cost may change as the financing package for the project was supposed to be agreed in 2012 but no announcement on its completion has been made.