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A file photo provided by the state-run Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) on March 29, 2016, shows the construction site of the Barakah nuclear plant, located 270 kilometers (170 miles) west of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The UAE’s nuclear watchdog on Monday approved operation of the first reactor at the Barakah nuclear plant built by South Korean companies, industry sources said.

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation approved the operation of the unit-1 reactor of the Barakah nuclear plant, the Middle East country’s first nuclear plant, according to the sources.

The plant will begin operations after test runs, they said.

Kepco won the project to build four APR-1400 reactors in 2009.

The APR-1400 is an advanced pressurized water nuclear reactor designed by Kepco. The first reactor was completed in 2018.

The combined output of 5,600 megawatts at the power plant will supply up to 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity needs. [YONHAP]

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