What Does a Nuclear Energy Plant Look Like?

A typical nuclear energy plant, including the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, has three main areas.

  • The nuclear island is the area shown in blue. It includes the nuclear reactor inside a heavy-duty containment dome, an auxiliary building for the main control room, the emergency safety systems and the used fuel storage pool.
  • The turbine island is the area shown in red. It includes the turbine generator building that houses the turbine and electricity generator.
  • The rest of the facility is shown in purple. This area is called the balance of plant. It includes the switchyard and transformers – which connect the plant to the electricity grid - support and office buildings, and other equipment.


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