First Ducab consignment delivered to Barakah power plant

ABU DHABI: The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, has announced that the first consignment of locally-produced non-class 1E cable has been delivered to the U.A.E.’s nuclear plants under construction in Barakah.

The cables have been manufactured and supplied by the Dubai Cable Company Ltd., Ducab, and will be used for non-class 1E power and lighting in the four units at the Barakah nuclear site. The cables are of the highest quality and have successfully passed the 60-year operating life qualification test. ENEC’s Equipment Qualification (EQ) team witnessed the final part of the 8-month long-term test, conducted in Kinectrics Inc. in Toronto, Canada, earlier this year, to confirm that the different cable types meet ENEC’s stringent operational and safety requirements.

The first shipment of 324,000ft of non-class 1E cables out of the total 16 million feet on order was delivered to ENEC on 31st January 2014, as per the first Release to Manufacture (RTM). These cables will be used for Unit 1 at Barakah, the site of the U.A.E.’s first nuclear energy plants, where construction is underway.

A delegation of senior officials from Ducab visited the Barakah site on the occasion and was welcomed by Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer at ENEC. The Ducab delegation was headed by Jamal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Ducab.

“The delivery of the first consignment of Ducab cables is an important milestone in the development of our country’s first nuclear power plant and supports the U.A.E.’s goal for economic diversification,” said Al Hammadi.

He added, “Nuclear energy will provide a safe, clean, reliable and efficient source of electricity that will help power the U.A.E.’s rapid economic growth. We at ENEC are pleased to partner with Ducab, a U.A.E. company that matches global standards as well as ENEC’s expectation for 60-year operating life cables meeting the highest quality and safety standards.” ENEC’s rigorous Nuclear Quality Assurance programme ensures the U.A.E.’s first nuclear energy plants are designed, constructed, commissioned and operated in line with the best industry practices, governing codes and standards, as well as the strict regulations and license requirements outlined by the U.A.E.’s independent nuclear energy regulatory body, the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR).