Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation celebrates graduation of its first group of Local Operators

ABU DHABI: The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), celebrated the graduation of its first group of Local Operators this week, following the completion of a specialised training programme designed to equip trainees with the expertise necessary to oversee safe operations at the U.A.E. 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 U.A.E. 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 U.A.E. and Korea, the 15-month Local Operator training is part of ENEC s Energy Pioneers program, which 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 U.A.E. 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 students who graduated include Huda Al Qassab, Aaref Al Shehhi, Faisal Al Shamsi, Mohammed Al Shehhi, Rashid Salah, Saeed Ibrahim, Saud Abdulla, Sultan Al Memari, Tareq AlBlooshi and Omar Al Shehhi.

“The UAE s peaceful nuclear energy programme is built on the most rigorous standards of safety, quality and security, and world class training is fundamental to developing a talented Emirati workforce with the skills and experience required to maintain this commitment,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC.

“It is with great pride that we see our first group of Local Operators graduate today. These are the individuals who will supervise safe and efficient operations at our plants, and throughout their training they have excelled to the highest standards, demonstrating the ability to carrying out work with safety and quality top of mind at all times.” ENEC s specialized training program for Local Operators was developed in conjunction with its Prime Contractor, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).