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UAE’s First Nuclear Unit Enters Commercial Operation

Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:07 am
by BritDownUnder
UAE’s First Nuclear Unit Enters Commercial Operation link.

A bit of a difference from the UK's experience with HP3.

Quote from Wikipedia
It consists of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors (one operating, three mostly completed). Total capacity is 5,600 MW[1] which is intended to supply up to 25% of UAE's energy needs.

Construction of the first unit was begun in the afternoon of 18 July 2012.

Cost. US$24.4 billion
So took nine years from ground break to generating power.

Compare with HP3. Wikipedia
Early enabling works started in July 2008 with the construction of a car park for a ground investigation programme. In 2012 EDF purchased the site of the Manor of Sydenham near Bridgwater which had previously been used as a factory site by British Cellophane,[60] including the Grade II listed 16th century building.[61]

In 2014, 400 staff undertook initial preparation and construction work. This work included access roads and roundabouts for increased construction traffic, park and ride schemes for the site workers, and a new roundabout for the village of Cannington. Further plans include the construction of a sea wall and a jetty for ships to deliver sand, aggregate and cement for concrete production.[62]

In 2015 the factory site was razed to the ground for construction of temporary accommodation for 1,000 workers.[63][64]

Since 2016, the construction site for Hinckley Point C has had its own bus company, Somerset Passenger Solutions (SPS), a joint venture between FirstGroup's The Buses of Somerset division and the Southern National bus company. SPS hold a contract to transport construction workers on a number of routes to, from and around the Hinckley Point C site until 2025, using up to 160 buses at the peak of construction. In September 2016, the BBC reported that if construction were to start now, the plant could become operational by 2025.[65]

In March 2017, EDF, after the Office for Nuclear Regulation gave approval to start building a network of tunnels to carry cabling and piping, started work also under way on a jetty, seawall and accommodation blocks.[66]

In January 2018, EDF said that they were on track to start generating electricity by 2025 and that they planned to start constructing above-ground structures for the power station by June 2019.

Cost. £22–£23 billion
Possibly 11 years until power generation if they are lucky.