UAE nuclear agency opens simulator training centre

Replicates real world scenarios and simulates emergency situations.

A view of the simulator at Barakah.
A view of the simulator at Barakah.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has inaugurated its Simulator Training Centre (STC) at Barakah in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, the site of the UAE’s nuclear energy plants.

The new simulators, which are the first of their kind in the Middle East, will complement ENEC’s training program and help ENEC to prepare its scholarships students to attain Reactor Operator (RO) and Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certifications. They will also provide continuous training for ENEC’s working SROs.

The STC is home to two simulators, which are identical to the plant’s Main Control Room (MCR), each consisting of a Large Display Panel (LDP) which highlights the most important parameters for operators’ quick reference, and five operator stations from which ROs can consult any system within the plant using their Man-Machine Interface System (MMIS).

Developed by ENEC’s Prime Contractor, the Korea Electric Power Corp, Western Services Corporation (WSC) and SHINIL, the simulator replicates the actual conditions and environment that the reactor operators would experience in a real time situation. It also provides students with the opportunity to experience accident situations that they would normally not be exposed to in day to day operations.

The opening ceremony of the new state-of-the-art facility was attended by ENEC Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Al Hammadi and other senior officials at the corporation.

“Safety is and will remain our main priority and highly trained and prepared reactor operators are critical to the safety of our plants,” said Al Hammadi.

“Our state-of-the-art simulators are designed to replicate real scenarios and processes that our reactor operators will face every day. This form of training has been proven to be a reliable and successful training method in some of the most advanced industries worldwide.”


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