Environment & Energy Report

U.A.E. Nears Handover of First Arab Nuclear Plant to Operator

April 19, 2018, 5:27 PM

A South Korean venture with the United Arab Emirates is edging closer to switching on the Arab world’s first commercial atomic-energy plant.

Korea Electric Power Corp. has completed construction of the Barakah Unit 1 reactor, and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp.’s handover of operations at the plant to the Nawah Energy Co. joint venture is “almost complete,” Christer Viktorsson, the U.A.E.’s top nuclear regulator, said in an interview. Additional tests and adjustments need to be done before the government will allow the plant to operate, he said.

“I have to make sure that everything is tip-top...

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