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UAE nuclear power chiefs make key appointment

Emirates Nuclear Power Corporation brings in firm to manage energy programme.

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has appointed a company to manage the UAE's plans for a civil nuclear power programme.CH2M HILL, a global full-service programme management, engineering, construction and operations firm, has been awarded an initial 10-year contract to work as managing agent for the programme, which is currently under evaluation.

News agency WAM reported that ENEC was confident that CH2M HILL was the right partner for this potentially significant energy initiative.

The firm will provide ENEC with access to the very best programme management processes the industry has to offer, and the expertise of world-class personnel.

"CH2M HILL is honoured to help meet the UAE's future energy needs by providing the best global technology and management support to this potentially historic project," said Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL president and chief executive officer elect.

CH2M HILL will assist ENEC in assuring the successful implementation of any civil nuclear power programme introduced in the UAE through all phases, including programme development beyond the conceptual phase.

These responsibilities include prime contractor selection and oversight, implementation of owner's responsibilities to comply with International Atomic Energy Agency recommendations, master programme planning, and licensing and permitting associated with nuclear and support facilities.

The firm has been working in the UAE on mega programmes since 1977 and currently has more than 500 professionals providing technical and programme management expertise in six offices throughout the country.

The firm's current programme management portfolio includes Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the Mumbai Airport Expansion, the Panama Canal expansion, Thames Tideway Tunnel in London, and the South Korean Military Base Relocation Programme.

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