Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is building four identical nuclear reactors at the Barakah site in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi emirate. Construction of the units is now close to completion. Once all four are on line they will be able to produce some 5.6GW of electricity.
Nuclear power is controversial in many parts of the world, but perhaps nowhere more than in the Gulf region, where it has been at the heart of the geopolitical storm involving Iran. Despite this, a number of other countries have been pursuing nuclear power, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, often attracting criticism due to the proliferation risk and possible environmental damage.