UAE's Nawah hires new senior exec to oversee Barakah nuclear ops

Paul A Harden will be responsible for overseeing nuclear operations of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi
UAE's Nawah hires new senior exec to oversee Barakah nuclear ops
The project at Barakah is progressing steadily; with the overall construction completion of the project at more than 93 percent as of the end of March.
By Sam Bridge
Sat 11 May 2019 12:32 AM

Nawah Energy Company, the joint venture nuclear operating subsidiary formed by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), has the appointment of a new chief nuclear officer.

Paul A Harden will be responsible for overseeing nuclear operations of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi while he will also focus on building the nuclear capabilities of UAE nationals. 

In the short-term, Harden will work with Nawah’s senior leadership team and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in preparation for commencement of operations and maintenance of the first unit of the Barakah plant, followed by the start-up and commercial operation of the subsequent three units.

Mark Reddemann, CEO of Nawah, said his appointment "further enhances the nuclear capabilities" of Nawah, adding: "We continue to press forward with our operational readiness plan and Mr Harden will play a leading role in the progression of the ongoing preparations of this important stage in the program.”

“I am proud to be appointed as CNO for Nawah and look forward to working with the senior leadership team, as well as the talented team of UAE Nationals and international experts on this key national energy project,” added Harden.

Harden has previously been responsible for plant operations and overall safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness at the Palisades Nuclear Plant in Michigan and the Beaver Valley Power Plant in Pennsylvania.

Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company where he was responsible for overall safety and financial performance of three nuclear sites.

The project at Barakah is progressing steadily; with the overall construction completion of the project at more than 93 percent as of the end of March.

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