Atkins is tech adviser for UAE nuclear programme
UK firm appointed as lender's technical adviser
Atkins has been appointed to act as lender’s technical adviser for the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme.
Atkins will be responsible for providing an independent technical assessment of the programme which will deliver four new reactors under the leadership of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). Atkins’ advice will inform the investment decision of the private lenders – a combination of Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) and commercial banks.
Martin Grant, managing director of the company’s Energy business, said: “This contract is a significant step forward in the internationalisation of our nuclear business and marks progress towards our overall strategy to expand the Atkins Energy business into a truly worldwide service provider.”
Atkins has been contracted for the construction period of the four APR-1400 reactors procured from the South Korean consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in 2009. Until the reactors become operational (final schedules are dependent upon regulatory reviews and approvals), the company will monitor and report on construction and commissioning activities. Atkins will establish a core team of experts in Abu Dhabi which will have the ability to draw on its specialists worldwide.
Dominic Jermey, HM Ambassador to the UAE, added: “It is tremendous to see Atkins bringing the best of UK expertise in nuclear to the UAE new build programme. Atkins’ involvement from these early stages will foster even more sharing of knowledge and best practice between the UK and Middle East over the long term – an important component in finding the solutions to the growing demand for energy in this region.”