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Nations worldwide will require a significant increase in clean, safe power from reliable sources over the next decades to meet the needs of current and future generations, while still protecting the environment.
According to the latest estimation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), more than 400 nuclear reactors are in operation worldwide and 66 new reactors are under construction. Meanwhile, the Agency predicts (based on information and feedback from Member States) that the number of operating reactors could increase by 80 or 90 in the next twenty years.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has joined the nuclear newcomers, with the beginning of its construction of the first nuclear power reactor in July 2012. At the current stage, there are four nuclear reactors under construction. The first reactor is scheduled to begin supplying electricity in 2017, with each of the other three to becoming operational in the subsequent years: 2018, 2019 and 2020. All reactors are being built at the Barakah site, in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.
Why Nuclear Power in UAE?
The UAE evaluated several viable options for meeting its future energy demands and found most conventional power sources insufficient to fully meet power output, cost-efficiency, or environmental requirements. Based upon these projections, the UAE concluded that nuclear power generation would be the most reliable, efficient, safe, commercially competitive and environmentally friendly means of producing electricity.
The UAE is the first country in 27 years to build its first Nuclear Power Plant. The IAEA closely cooperates with UAE on this enormous project. I was very much impressed to see the progress at the Barakah construction site and that the project leaders are taking care of the workers.
IAEA Director General
Assessed Energy Sources
Analysis conducted by official UAE entities in 2006 concluded that national annual peak demand for electricity is likely to rise to more than 40,000 MWs by 2020, reflecting a cumulative annual growth rate of roughly 9% from 2007 onward.
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