Enec hosts forum on UAE’s nuclear programme
Abu Dhabi, October 8, 2013
More than 300 Abu Dhabi residents learnt about the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme at a public forum hosted by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) recently.
The forum, which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, was attended by Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, senior executives from Abu Dhabi Government.
About 900 residents witnessed the live streaming of the forum online, said a statement.
ENEC’s senior management and Emirati engineers provided insights and updates on the nation’s nuclear energy programme.
The event was part of an ongoing public education and outreach programme which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the nuclear energy programme across the UAE.
Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer, shared the latest developments of the programme as it moves ahead on schedule to develop and operate the nation’s first nuclear energy plants.
“We are on track with our mission to bring safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE by 2017, and a number of significant milestones have already been achieved by ENEC and our partners,” said Al Hammadi.
ENEC commenced construction work on its second nuclear energy plant earlier this year following regulatory approvals. Construction of unit 1 commenced in July 2012, he said.
The company is building a total of four nuclear energy plants in Barakah, in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. With four plants online by 2020, nuclear energy will deliver up to a quarter of the nation’s electricity needs, while saving up to 12 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year, he added.
ENEC’s Industrial Development Team has also been working with Kepco, the programme’s prime contractor, to help local companies develop their quality and technical standards to meet the nuclear industry’s strict requirements, as part of its commitment towards developing the local industry.
Executives and engineers also answered questions by attendees about the safety and security of the power plants, while opportunities for Emiratis interested in a career in the industry was also addressed.
ENEC offers a series of scholarships through its Energy Pioneers programme such as the high diploma programme, the bachelor and the master programme. The Human Capacity Development programme is designed to attract talented students and professionals to the growing nuclear energy sector.
The company will host its next forum in Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa on October 10. - TradeArabia News Service