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UAE's nuclear operator appoints CEO ahead of Barakah launch

Mark Reddemann is hired to lead the finishing preparations to operate and maintain Abu Dhabi plants

UAE's nuclear operator appoints CEO ahead of Barakah launch

The board of directors of the Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) announced on Wednesday the appointment of Mark Reddemann as its new CEO.

Nawah is the joint venture operating company formed by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Korean Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in May 2016 to operate and maintain the four-unit Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in Abu Dhabi.

Reddemann has been chosen to lead the Nawah team in finishing preparations to operate and maintain the plant at Barakah, a statement said.

In his previous tenure as CEO at Energy Northwest, he directed the operations of four electricity generating facilities in the state of Washington in the United States. Prior to this, he held senior roles across a number of prominent nuclear energy companies and institutions, it added.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of Nawah, said: “We are confident that we have recruited one of the most accomplished senior executives within today’s nuclear energy industry. Mark brings a wealth of experience and an exceptional track record as a nuclear leader and executive, and we look forward to his contribution as we deliver the first operating nuclear energy plant in the region.”

Reddemann, who will commence his tenure as Nawah CEO on April 1, said: “I am excited to take on the responsibility of leading Nawah to achieve its mission and make the UAE the 33rd country in the world to benefit from peaceful nuclear energy generation.

“The UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program has made an impressive start in the construction of nuclear plants in a country with no previous nuclear infrastructure, and I am committed to seeing that Nawah delivers a similarly strong performance in establishing the region’s first nuclear operator.”

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