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Emirati nuclear plant successfully starts up first reactor

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates has successfully started up its first reactor. The Barakah nuclear power plant in the Emirates’ far western desert near the border with Saudi Arabia reached what scientists called its “first criticality” on Friday. That’s when the nuclear chain reaction within the reactor is self-sustaining. The nuclear reactor ultimately will generate electricity and be connected to the country’s power grid. The $20 billion Barakah nuclear power plant was built by the Emirates with the help of South Korea. It’s the first nuclear power plant on the Arabian Peninsula.

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