ABU DHABI,12th January 2017 (WAM) – The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has participated in the inaugural Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, held by The Atlantic Council and in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy, ADNOC, Mubadala, and IPIC.

ENEC CEO, Mohamed Al Hammadi, addressed participants during the official opening of the forum, highlighting ENEC’s ongoing contribution to many strategic sectors within the UAE and internationally.

The two-day forum concentrated on the geopolitics and geo-economics of energy transformation. Attendees reflected on the role that oil, gas, nuclear, and renewables will play in supplying the world’s growing energy needs in the context of global challenges.

Al Hammadi said: “The development of peaceful nuclear energy in the UAE has already created solid value across many strategic sectors in the UAE and internationally. Our participation in the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum highlights ENEC’s important contribution to the well-being of the country, our economy, and the sophistication of the UAE energy sector.”

“We continue focusing on our three goals for the future; ensuring the sustainability of the Barakah project, developing local capability and an industrial supply chain and supplying the UAE with safe, clean and reliable nuclear energy. Working to the highest international standards of safety and security, under the guidance of our regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), our Barakah project is one of the biggest new nuclear build construction sites in the world, with four identical reactor being built simultaneously,” added Al Hammadi.

Overall, construction of Units 1 to 4 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is now over 75% complete. The project is scheduled for substantial completion in 2020.

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