x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

First UAE reactor to go into operation in 2017

Barakah, 300 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi, was chosen for the site of UAE nuclear power plant in April 2010.

July 6, 2009: The Government appoints the nuclear scientist Hamed Al Kaabi as ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency. A policy document outlining plans to build a fleet of atomic reactors is published

October 4, 2009: The federal government issues a law to banning uranium enrichment in its civil nuclear programme

December 17, 2009: The US and UAE sign the so-called 123 Agreement for nuclear cooperation between the two countries

December 23, 2009: The President Sheikh Khalifa establishes by decree the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) to develop the UAE nuclear power programme.

December 27, 2009: A Dh73.4bn contract is awarded to a South Korean consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco).

April 21, 2010: Barakah, 300 kilometres west of the capital, is chosen for the site of the plant.

October, 2010: The UAE is the first Arab country voted on to the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

July 18, 2012: Enec and Kepco begin pouring foundations.

August, 2012: Enec awards Dh11bn in contracts for 12,000 tonnes of uranium from American, British, Canadian, French and Russian companies.

2017: First reactor scheduled to go into operation.