Key player hired to drive UAE's nuclear ambitions

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation appoints chief nuclear officer to drive safety and quality ahead of Barakah launch
By Staff writer
Wed 28 Feb 2018 02:37 PM

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) on Wednesday announced the appointment of Peter Dietrich as its chief nuclear officer (CNO).

The position of ENEC CNO includes assessing the plan for the delivery of Units 1 to 4 at Barakah in adherence to the highest standards of nuclear safety and quality, the company said in a statement.

Eng. Mohamed Al Hammadi ENEC CEO, said: “The selection of Peter as our Chief Nuclear Officer highlights our objective to embed highly experienced international nuclear experts as part of ENEC’s commitment to the highest standards of safety, security and quality.”

Dietrich has worked at five different commercial nuclear sites over his career, including three years as chief nuclear officer of a multi-unit energy plant in the US.

The appointment comes just weeks after the UAE's regulator said Nawah, the company that will run the first nuclear reactor due to start up this year, is not ready to get its operating licence yet.

The UAE is building four nuclear reactors in what is one of the world's largest nuclear newbuild projects and will be the first nuclear reactor in the Gulf, but last year the startup of the first reactor was delayed by a year to 2018 because the operating company was not ready.

Local company Nawah, which is a joint venture between Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - which is building the four APR-1400 reactors - and ENEC, will operate the four reactors.

Dietrich is responsible for ensuring that Nawah receives full support from ENEC and KEPCO, enabling it to maintain focus on operations and the relevant licensing requirements, a statement said.

He will also be responsible for a series of leadership programs to support the next generation of Emirati nuclear professionals that will be required to operate the Barakah Plant over its 60 year lifespan.

The project at Barakah is progressing, with the overall construction completion of the project at more than 87 percent.
Unit 4 is more than 66 percent complete, Unit 3 is more than 81 percent, Unit 2 is more than 92 percent, while Unit 1 is currently undergoing commissioning and testing, prior to regulatory review and receipt of the operating licence.

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Last Updated: Wed 28 Feb 2018 01:43 PM GST

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