Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Moon Jae-in, President of Korea, today attended a celebration to mark the completion of the UAE's first nuclear reactor with a visit to the Barakah power plant.
The plant is the first in the Arab world, and is part of the UAE's effort to curb its reliance on fossil fuels and to adopt cleaner sources of energy.
Sheikh Mohammed, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, took to Twitter to thank the president for his country's cooperation in the project and said their work together showed a "model relationship".
My dear friend Moon Jae-in, President of Korea, and I today viewed completion of 1st power plant in Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant project. All thanks are due to President, our Korean friends & to joint efforts that have resulted in1st stage of this giant project being completed. pic.twitter.com/UNvU4I4OBO
Unit 1 of the Barakah complex will begin loading fuel in May, according to a statement from the Ministry that was emailed to Bloomberg, although it is not yet clear when it will start generating power.
In December 2009, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation awarded the contract for the Middle East’s first nuclear power plant to a consortium of South Korean companies headed by the Korean Electric Power Company, said to be worth US$20 billion.
The UAE and Korea are ambitious countries with a converging vision and an exceptional, model relationship. We have a productive partnership which serves our higher interests and we shall do everything to make it grow even stronger. pic.twitter.com/Q2XjQLrh9g