Seven nations and their paths to nuclear power

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The UAE drafted a policy on nuclear energy in 2008. It is considered a newcomer to nuclear energy, with four reactors under construction at Barakah, in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region.

Built by Korea Electric Power Co (Kepco) and overseen by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (Fanr), the power plant is expected to come into operation next year.

The reactors are more than 70 per cent complete, and Unit 1 is more than 90 per cent complete. When fully operational, the plant will produce 25 per cent of the UAE’s energy needs by 2020.

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