ENEC Participates at Global Meeting of Nuclear Energy Leaders in France


Senior delegation led by ENEC’s Chief Operating Officer attends World Nuclear Exhibition 2014 in Paris from 14th-16th October

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is participating at the inaugural World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) 2014 this week in Paris, an international trade event which brings together the key players and decision makers in the nuclear energy industry to share knowledge and discuss business on a global scale.

The event opened today and is set to welcome more than 7000 professionals from over 34 countries, including eminent speakers and nuclear experts from across the nuclear energy industry globally.

ENEC is present at the exhibition with a delegation led by the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Samson, who will participate in the event’s opening panel discussion alongside other key industry leaders from around the world. The panel will discuss how nuclear energy plants are being deployed and upgraded in response to world energy and climate challenges, and the various models for ensuring competitiveness, safety, sustainability and security of supply. ENEC is also hosting potential suppliers and partners at its stand in Hall 1 of the Le Bourget exhibition space.

Commenting on ENEC’s participation at the event, Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC’s CEO, said: “ENEC is building a program that sets a benchmark for safety, efficiency and operational excellence, and with this comes the need for a large and diverse team of nuclear energy professionals, as well as a vast supply chain to service this rapidly growing industry here in Abu Dhabi.”

“Developing a skilled local nuclear energy workforce and pool of specialized suppliers to contribute to the on-going success of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program is a top-priority for ENEC. To achieve this, we are drawing on the support and guidance of an extensive international network of experts in the nuclear energy field, and throughout the program’s development, we have looked to learn from experienced nations such as France,” Hammadi added.

ENEC’s presence at WNE 2014 provides the organization with a platform on which to strengthen existing industry relationships, build new connections, and discuss further collaboration with the key players from the nuclear energy sector across the globe. The organization is looking to partner with leading international companies to bring vital skills and experience to ENEC’s program and help in the transfer of knowledge to the local industry.

ENEC is on track to deliver safe, peaceful and efficient nuclear energy to the UAE’s national grid by 2017. Just recently, the company announced that it has poured the safety concrete for the Reactor Containment Building for Unit 3 of the UAE’s nuclear program, after receiving the Construction Licence from the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR).

The four nuclear reactors being developed by ENEC will provide approximately 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs, saving up to 12 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Unit 1 is already more than 57% complete and due to connect to the grid in 2017, with one additional unit coming online each year up to 2020.