Nuclear Energy Cooperation of United Arab Emirates (ENEC), signed three agreements with Chinese Nuclear Energy Organisations to boost low-carbon nuclear power. ENEC is a body that is responsible for developing Nuclear Energy sector of UAE.
UAE is also set to host COP28 Climate Summit this year, in order to get its 6% of energy needs from Nuclear Power under the plan of 2050 Net Zero. China is also a key partner in this energy transition plan.
MoU Main Covers
The three main covers in Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) nuclear energy cooperations include high temperature gas-cooled reactors, nuclear fuel supply and investment.
The agreements are signed with China’s Nuclear Power Operations Research Institute, the China National Nuclear Corporation Overseas and the China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation.
The United Arab Emirates is also working on Arab World’s first Multi-unit operating Nuclear Energy plant, the Barakah plant in Abu Dhabi, which is constructed by Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO).
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The Barakah plant in UAE will have four reactors with 5600 megawatts (MW) of total capacity-equivalent to around 25% of the UAE’s peak demand.