Contractor says plant is ready, but Emirati authorities are stalling on safety licences.

Abu Dhabi state nuclear firm Enec says that Korean contractor Kepco has completed construction of the first of four 1.4GW nuclear reactors at Barakah on the Gulf coast 50km west of Ruwais. Kepco will now test and commission the reactor, before handing it over to a joint venture of Enec and Kepco formed to operate the plant.

Although the contract signed between Enec and Kepco in 2009 envisaged starting...