Enec becomes World Energy Council patron
Abu Dhabi, October 20, 2013
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), the UAE nuclear power developer, has announced its official patronage of the World Energy Council (WEC), the world’s principal network of energy leaders and practitioners.
WEC represents the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3,000 member organizations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders.
As a patron, Enec joins an exclusive group of leading energy companies that work alongside energy policy makers and key stakeholders who seek to engage the WEC network to help catalyze new thinking on energy policy and strategy, said a senior official.
Patrons actively support WEC Global and Regional Agendas, and can provide in depth involvement through specific project partnerships.
“Energy is one of the most pressing issues of our time,” remarked Mohamed Al Hammadi, the chief executive officer of Enec.
Al Hammadi is also the chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Energy Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF), an advisory committee that identifies and discusses energy security challenges across the world and recommends achievable solutions for governments to compose more robust energy policies.
“Through our collaboration with WEC, we enter a unique platform of global energy thought leaders and look forward to our active role in promoting the energy policy of the UAE,” he stated.
WEC secretary general Christoph Frei expressed delight at Enec's decision to become a patron. "Enec joins a select group of companies at a key time for the energy sector. We look forward to working with Enec in the coming years. I am sure their support will enhance our work," he noted.
“Working with our fellow Patrons and alongside the UAE national committee, we endeavor to encourage and support better understanding of the role that safe and peaceful nuclear energy can play in helping nations tackle climate change,” remarked Al Hammadi.
“Over the next decade, our nation will effectively transform its energy and water generation portfolio to achieve greater energy security and sustainability. Nuclear energy is an important part of this transformation; providing a safe and sustainable contribution to our future energy portfolio,” he stated.
Enec is building four nuclear energy plants in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Units 1 & 2 are currently under construction and are expected to enter commercial operations in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
With all four plants grid-connected by 2020, the UAE will receive up to a quarter of its electricity needs from nuclear energy, whilst saving up to 12 million tons of Greenhouse Gas emissions every year.-TradeArabia News Service