The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has recently announced contracts with UAE- based companies totalling more than USD 3B (AED 11 billion) for the construction of the country’s first nuclear energy plant. More than 1,400 UAE-based companies have now been contracted for the delivery of products and services for the Barakah plant, currently under construction in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.
The contracts have been awarded over the past six years through collaboration between ENEC, the entity responsible for the construction and operation of the plant, and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), ENEC’s Prime Contractor.
In order to contract for the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program, ENEC’s Industrial Development Team works with companies to enhance their quality and safety policies and procedures to meet the highest standards in the world. ENEC’s team works with companies to upgrade their processes and systems to become American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Component certified companies.
The project at Barakah construction of Units 1 to 4 is now more than 65 percent complete. When the four reactors are completed, the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program will provide approximately 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs and save up to 12 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.