ENEC completes SIT and ILRT at Unit 2 of Barakah Plant

09 April 2019

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has recently completed the Structural Integrity Test (SIT) and Integrated Leak Rate Test (ILRT) at Unit 2 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. These significant pre-operational tests incorporated all the lessons learned from the same tests on Unit 1, and represent another major achievement in the testing and commissioning phase of the Barakah plant, located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi Emirate.

The SIT and ILRT were conducted in collaboration with the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the Joint Venture partner and Prime Contractor for the Barakah project, Nawah Energy Company team, and under the observation of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE’s independent nuclear regulatory body, in order to achieve the highest international standards of quality, safety and efficiency.

The SIT evaluates the strength of the Reactor Containment Building (RCB), the structure at the heart of the plant, which houses the reactor vessel and major components, by pressurizing and depressurizing the building to simulate regular and extraordinary conditions. Similarly, the ILRT assesses the leak tightness of the containment building under a variety of conditions.

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