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Nuclear energy leaders set to discuss critical issues for nations developing new nuclear energy programs: safety, quality, transparency, efficiency and continuous improvement

Abu Dhabi, 04 November 2013: Under the patronage of HE Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the company developing the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program, will host the inaugural New Nuclear International Conference (NNIC) in Abu Dhabi next week.

The conference will bring together nuclear energy leaders from more than 40 countries to discuss the opportunities for new and developing nuclear energy programs around the world; exploring all aspects of the nuclear energy lifecycle. Key decision makers of nuclear energy programs, energy policy makers from around the world, nuclear regulators, industry vendors, and legal and project finance specialists will all be represented during the Abu Dhabi-based event.

The conference will provide an opportunity for the UAE to share its experiences as the first nation in more than three decades to break ground on a nuclear energy plant. The UAE program has been heralded as the “Gold Standard” for nations considering developing nuclear energy for the first time.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s nuclear energy industry to Abu Dhabi to discuss important issues facing nuclear energy nations worldwide,” said His Excellency Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy. “The UAE has much to share from its experiences in nuclear energy; we also have much to gain from the experiences of other nations to ensure our peaceful nuclear energy program remains a model for others to follow.”

Today, more than 430 nuclear energy plants operating in 30 countries worldwide generate 12.3% of the world’s electricity. This number is set to rise, with 71 new nuclear plants currently under construction in 14 countries, and more than 40 countries who are seriously considering nuclear as a source of electricity.

“Nuclear energy is one of the few technologies available to energy policy makers across the world to provide reliable and clean baseload electricity, with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC. “As responsible nations look to nuclear energy to meet their energy sustainability and security targets, it is critical that these programs are developed and implemented to the highest standards of safety, security, quality, transparency and efficiency.”

“The global nuclear energy industry has a long history of collaboration and a unique commitment to continuous improvement. Conferences such as the NNIC provide a unique opportunity for the nuclear energy to learn the best practices in key areas such as safety, quality and efficiency.”

The conference, which will be held under the theme of Bringing the Nuclear World Together, will provide a platform for ENEC and nuclear industry experts from around the world to share their insights and experiences and discuss the latest developments in the industry with nuclear energy executives and experts. High on the agenda will be the importance of Quality Control and Quality Assurance in the nuclear energy industry.

The New Nuclear International Conference is presented by the USA’s Goodnight Consulting in partnership with ENEC. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal from the 11th – 14th of November.


About ENEC

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is working to deliver safe, clean, efficient and reliable nuclear energy to the United Arab Emirates – energy that is needed to support the UAE’s social and economic growth.

Established by decree in December 2009 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, ENEC specializes in the deployment, ownership and operation of civil nuclear energy plants within the UAE, with a mission to deliver electricity to the UAE grid in 2017.

Driven by a Culture of Safety, ENEC’s overriding priority is ensuring the safety of the UAE community, employees and the environment.

For more information, visit www.enec.gov.ae

Media Contact: media@enec.gov.ae


About Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning Palestinian American columnist. Named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" for 2006/07 by the New America Media. He is the recipient of four Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Visit his website at www.TheDailyHookah.com. Find his podcasts on iTunes and on Vimeo.


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