Thanks to South Korea, the UAE gets closer to realizing its nuclear ambitions
Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s President, on Tuesday attended a special ceremony marking the arrival of the reactor container of the first nuclear power plant in Baraka, Abu Dhabi.
Shaikh Mansour and the South Korean President were briefed by Eng. Mohammad Ebrahim Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), on the progress of work on the UAE’s peaceful nuclear power programme and its latest developments.
Officials from Enec and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) gave presentations on improvements made in safety at the nuclear site and the construction development.
They were also informed about the newly opened Simulator Training Centre (STC) at Baraka in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi — the site of the UAE’s nuclear energy plants.
The new simulators, which are among the world’s most advanced nuclear training devices and the first of their kind in the Middle East, will complement Enec’s comprehensive training programme and help Enec to prepare its scholarships students to attain Reactor Operator (RO) and Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certification. They will also provide continuous training for Enec’s SROs.
Shaikh Mansour expressed his pleasure at this historic event in the development of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear programme where the arrival of the reactor container is a significant achievement and clear cut evidence of the strong relationship between the UAE and South Korea as well as of the importance of fruitful cooperation between the two countries in the quest to make this project a success according to the highest quality standards.
He added: “The peaceful nuclear energy plays an important role in the future of our nation; these stations will provide us the electricity we need to meet our requirements.”
Shaikh Mansour underlined that the programme would provide many opportunities for national personnel and would also further enhance their skills and knowledge to contribute to the economic prosperity of the country.
The Korean President expressed her delight at being at Baraka where she witnessed the arrival of the first reactor container. She said the construction works on Baraka nuclear power plants provides concrete proof of the strong relations with the UAE.
Later, Shaikh Mansour and President Park Geun-hye attended the signing of three memorandums of understanding on strategic cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear energy between the two countries.