The oil-rich United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday the opening of its first Barakah nuclear power plant in the Arab world.
"The first nuclear reactor of the Baraka Nuclear Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates has reached its first criticality and successfully started", the country's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Hamad Alkaabi (Hamad Alkaabi) tweeted.
"This is a historic milestone for the country, and its vision is to provide a new type of clean energy for the country."
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Almak, Chief and Ruler of Dubai, UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum) tweeted that Baraka’s work “successfully loaded the nuclear fuel package, conducted a comprehensive test and successfully completed the operation”.
"Congratulations to you for achieving this historic achievement in the energy sector and marking this milestone on the sustainable development roadmap," Sheikh Moha mmed said.
The United Arab Emirates began loading fuel rods into Barakah's reactor in February, after the regulatory agency approved the passage of the first of the four reactors in the plant, opening up for commercial operations Up the road.
The Gulf factory was originally scheduled to go online on the western coast of Abu Dhabi at the end of 2017, but due to safety and regulatory requirements, officials faced many delays.
Nava Energy stated at the time that Unit 1 would lead to the start-up process in a "series of tests".
During this process, the device will synchronize with the grid and generate the first electrical energy.
The UAE has large reserves of oil and gas, but the power-hungry 10 million people have made huge investments in the development of clean alternative energy sources, including solar energy.
The plant is the largest plant in the region-Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, has stated that it plans to build up to 16 nuclear power plants, but the project has not yet been realized.