H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, paid a visit to the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant to observe the progress of Unit 4, the final unit of the plant that is nearing commercial operation. During his visit, Sheikh Hamdan commended the expertise of Emirati professionals who have played a vital role in developing nuclear energy technologies for global export.
Upon arrival, Sheikh Hamdan was warmly received by Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), as well as Ali Al Hammadi, the Chief Executive Officer of ENEC’s subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), along with other senior management members.
During the visit, Sheikh Hamdan inaugurated the cutting-edge Nuclear Reactor Operators Training Centre, which will enhance the expertise of nuclear reactor operators. He was also briefed on the advanced “Orchid” digital reactor room, which offers engineers advanced maintenance training without the need to enter the reactor area.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed then proceeded to the simulation training centre, one of the world’s largest and most advanced facilities of its kind. Emirati engineers provided him with updates on the plant’s progress and accomplishments, including the operational readiness preparations for Unit 4, the final unit at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant located in Abu Dhabi.
Concluding his visit, Sheikh Hamdan toured the Barakah units, which are currently generating 30 terawatts (TWh) of carbon-free electricity, significantly reducing carbon emissions on an annual basis.
Once Unit 4 becomes commercially operational, the Barakah Plant’s total clean electricity generation capacity will reach 5.6 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity requirements. This will result in the production of over 40 TWh of clean electricity per year.
Sheikh Hamdan was accompanied by Ahmed Matar Al Dhaheri, Chairman of the Office of the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, and Nasser Mohammed Al Mansouri, Under-Secretary of the Ruler’s Representative Court in Al Dhafra Region, throughout the visit.