The UAE’s first nuclear power plant will start operations in the first quarter of 2020. The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant’s first reactor was undergoing operational tests and preparations and is expected to obtain its license from an operating license from the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation soon.
Barakah – the first in the UAE – is set to be the largest four-reactor nuclear plant in the world with a production capacity of 5,600 megawatts. The UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, holds about six per cent of the world’s proven petroleum reserves and depends mainly on oil revenue for growth. Like other governments in the region, it’s seeking to diversify its energy supplies and develop alternative sources of income. Other Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have also announced nuclear projects to provide power to their growing populations and industries.