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UAE launches commercial operations of first Arab nuclear plant

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, arrives to meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Schloss Bellevue on June 11, 2019 in Berlin, Germany [Sean Gallup/Getty Images]
Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Berlin, Germany on June 11, 2019 [Sean Gallup/Getty Images]

The UAE's first nuclear power plant has started its commercial operations, the gulf state's officials announced yesterday.

"The start of commercial operations at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is a historic milestone for the UAE that significantly enhances the sustainability of our entire power sector," Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, said on Twitter, describing the move as an "Arab historic milestone".

In a similar context, the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, described the move as a "landmark phase."

"The first megawatt from the first Arab nuclear plant has entered the national power grid," Al-Makhtoum said on Twitter.

Barakah was reported to have been built by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation at a cost of some $24.4 billion.

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