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ENEC unveils first nuclear power plant trainees

Group of 10 Emiratis complete programme ahead of 2017 launch.

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) celebrated the graduation of its first group of local operators this week, following the completion of a specialized training program designed to equip trainees with the expertise necessary to oversee safe operations at the UAE’s first nuclear energy plants.

Local operators supervise operations across a nuclear energy facility, reporting on systems, controlling equipment and directly monitoring plant equipment performance.

The group of ten Emirati graduates is now the UAE’s first fully qualified local operators in the country’s emerging nuclear energy sector, and will join ENEC full time as part of the team working towards the start of commercial operations in 2017.

Delivered at leading educational and nuclear training facilities in the UAE and Korea, the 15-month training programme aims to attract and develop the country’s most talented science students, engineering graduates and experienced professionals and provide them with an opportunity to become pioneers of the UAE’s nuclear energy industry.

Local Operators are trained to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of a nuclear energy facility. They play an integral role in safe operations, and are assigned throughout the plant to provide constant monitoring and operation of plant equipment, reporting back to the Reactor Operators and Senior Reactor Operators in the plant’s Main Control Room.

The programme was developed in conjunction with Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), the main contractor engaged to develop the plant in Barakah.

The first two units are now more than 45% complete and are expected to be start up ion time and within budget in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The second two units are due to follow in 2019 and 2020.

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