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UAE's first nuclear power plant being tested

The United Arab Emirates' first nuclear power plant is being tested with over 87 percent of the UAE's Barakah project finalized

The Barakah project - the world’s largest single nuclear project- consists of four nuclear plants.

Over 92% of the second plant was completed, 81% of the third and more than 66% of the fourth, according to the UAE state news agency WAM.

As the project is about to start, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) named Peter Dietrich - who has been serving in the nuclear sector for 27 years - as the corporation's Chief Nuclear Officer (CNO).

 Dietrich will be responsible for developing the UAE's peaceful nuclear program and gearing up a generation of UAE nuclear experts to be in charge of running the project in the future.

Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the four nuclear power plants will cut 21 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) won a 2009 tender for building the Barakah project. Nawah Energy Co., a joint venture of ENEC and KEPCO, was established to operate all four plants.

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