Nawah and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), in partnership with the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), and with guidance from the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD), have constructed an artificial reef and breakwaters in the shoreline of Barakah, the home of the UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy program.
The breakwater structures are comprised of quarry rock and concrete and have a combined length of approximately 15 km.
On the other hand, the almost 6,700 square meter reef, was constructed using recycled, molded concrete core-locs originally utilized in the assembly of Barakah’s coastal breakwater. Almost 1800 of the large concrete units were carefully positioned on the ocean floor to create the underwater reef structure. The lattice formation of the reef is designed to replicate a natural coral reef, and works to stimulate the local ecosystem by improving the existing seabed habitat, providing additional shelter for marine life, and encouraging biodiversity.
The enhanced habitat is expected to attract a range of marine species including algae, invertebrates such as barnacles, corals, and oysters, and a variety of small and large fish. Results already reveal that a diverse and abundant marine ecosystem has taken root at Barakah, including in the artificial reef. More than 63 marine species are utilizing the breakwater habitats, and 35 marine species utilizing the artificial reef habitat.
Nawah also collaborated with ENEC in hosting its annual Barakah Beach Clean-up event, resulting in collecting more than half a ton of waste. The clean-up was held to celebrate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day.
The Osprey nesting project, followed a number of sightings around Barakah. Made from recycled wood, the nesting platforms were assembled in a secluded area of the Barakah site, close to the shoreline – the preferred habitat of this bird of prey.
In addition, a tree-planting campaign was launched to transform the landscape of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, where trees have been planted and cultivated to create a greener environment. A plant nursery has also been created, which utilizes recycled treated water from the plant’s sewage treatment facilities.
A recent intensive water conservation campaign has also introduced more efficient faucets across the plant, an innovative car washing facility that recycles more than 80 percent of the water it uses, and the application of recycling methods to reuse water from project for uses such as irrigation. Collectively, these efforts have helped reduce Barakah’s water consumption by up to almost 100,000 gallons per day.