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UAE creates first nuclear language proficiency standards

The standards play a significant role in ensuring a high level of effective safety communication as part of a healthy nuclear safety culture

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Mark Reddemann, Nawah, CEO
Mark Reddemann, Nawah, CEO

Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the operator of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi, has become the first company in the world to develop English language standards for nuclear plant operations.

The standards play a significant role in ensuring a high level of effective safety communication as part of a healthy nuclear safety culture.

With employees from more than 40 nationalities, Nawah is the most multinational and multicultural nuclear operating company in the world. Ensuring that the operators and maintenance personnel meet the highest standards of communication has a direct positive impact on the sustainable and reliable operation of the four Units at the Barakah plant.

“As we prepare to begin operating the first nuclear energy reactor in the Arab World, everyone at Nawah has been working to maintain high standards of effective safety communications,” said Mark Reddemann, Nawah CEO.

“With the development of the first ‘Nuclear English’ standards, we can now ensure that our staff have the language ability to effectively communicate, to support safe, reliable operations.”

“Our current focus is to finalise the assessment of the people who are essential to the Fuel Load and start-up of Barakah Unit 1, comprising operators, maintenance and security personnel, emergency response officers, as well as other groups. Our dedicated Organisational Effectiveness team is working around the clock to ensure that these people sit the exams and obtain the official certification needed to meet the Nuclear English standard,” added Reddemann.

“So far, we have evaluated about 90% of the staff and around 55% have already achieved the required level.”

As part of the implementation of the Nuclear English standards, and to facilitate continuous learning, Nawah has created the world’s first Nuclear English Development Center (NEDC) at the Barakah plant. WAM.

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