Part of Abu Dhabi’s clean energy push, the $32 billion nuclear power station risks destabilising a volatile region with detrimental consequences for the environment.
The UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant will begin supplying electricity to the national grid at the end of this month. Once fully operational, authorities hope the plant will provide a quarter of the UAE’s peak energy demand, amounting to 5,600 megawatts (MW) of clean energy and enough to power 500,000 households annually. It is expected to offset 21 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a year. Currently almost all the UAE’s power is supplied by gas-fired power plants. The carbon-intensive energy sector is the country’s largest contributor of GHG emissions, at 90 percent. “The tense Gulf strategic geopolitical situation makes new civil nuclear construction in the region even more controversial than elsewhere, as it can mean moves towards nuclear weapon capability, as experience with Iran has shown,” argued Paul Dorfman, founder and chair of the International Nuclear Consulting Group.
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