The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced the installation of its Unit 2 Steam Generators (SGs) at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (Barakah NPP), reported Trade Arabia.

The SG units are made of stainless steel, each as long a tennis court, and took four years to fabricate by Doosan Heavy Industries – an Enec contractor – in South Korea.

They were set in place inside the Unit 2 Reactor Containment Building (RCB). Each steam generator contains tubes made of a nickel, chromium and iron alloy that carry heated, processed water at high pressure.

This is a safety feature as it keeps the water used in the reactor and the water used in the turbine segregated.

When completed the Barakah NPP will consist of four nuclear power generating units, in two plants, with a combined capacity of approximately 5,600 MW.

“This is an important milestone in the progress and delivery of Enec’s second unit, which is scheduled to come online approximately one year after the first unit, which will be in 2017,” The National quoted, Enec CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi, as saying.

“As with all of our work at Barakah, I am proud to see the team continue to deliver these significant achievements with safety, quality and performance as top priorities at all times”, he added.

The UAE was able to showcase this latest on-time achievement at the recent International Atomic Energy Agency conference in Vienna where the UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA, Hamad Al Kaabi said that the UAE was continuing to make “progress in the development of its civil nuclear power programme and its associated infrastructure,” while the UAE also continued to place great importance on nuclear safety – with the support of the IAEA.