UAE connects first Arab nuclear plant to power grid
Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International relations & GS-III – Energy Resources
- UAE has recently connected its Barakah nuclear power plant to the national grid in a new first for the Arab world.
- UAE will be able to meet its 25% of electricity needs from nuclear power.
- The UAE has substantial oil and gas reserves. Alongside, it has made huge investments in developing clean alternatives, including solar energy.
- Besides, Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has plans to build up to 16 nuclear reactors.
- Barakah was built by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation at a cost of some $24.4 billions.