Enec to unveil nuclear energy benefits at Abu Dhabi event

September 9, 2019

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) will showcase the positive impact that nuclear energy has economically, socially and environmentally at the upcoming edition of the World Energy Congress (WEC) in Abu Dhabi.

The event will kick off tomorrow (September 9) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) and run for the next three days. Enec is an official host sponsor of the congress as well as the official Youth Sponsor.

During the event, Enec will highlight the transformational potential of peaceful nuclear energy in diversifying global energy sources, supporting electrification efforts in parallel with decarbonising electricity to support sustainable development, said the statement from the Emirati group.

The importance of inspiring, nurturing and developing youth will be a major focus at the congress, it stated.

The event will highlight the critical role that youth play in becoming future energy pioneers of the nuclear energy industry and what more needs to be done to ensure the next generation is equipped with the right skills and knowledge, it added.

The economic benefits of nuclear energy and its role in creating a new local industry to supply the plant throughout its 60-year operational lifespan will be an important topic at the congress.

Enec will highlight how more than 1,500 local companies have been awarded contracts worth roughly $3.8 billion to date for goods and services to the UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.

The Emirati group will also discuss the environmental benefits that nuclear energy will bring, as nuclear energy is the only widespread source of base load electricity that is almost carbon emissions free.

Once operational, all four units at Barakah will deliver clean, efficient and reliable electricity to meet 25 per cent of the UAE’s energy needs, while preventing the release of up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year, it added.

CEO Engineer Mohamed Al Hammadi said: 'The World Energy Congress is one of the most important international platforms for global energy industry to come together to discuss the opportunities and challenges at hand.'

'Now, more than ever, we recognise the impact of energy demand and production on our environment – we must come together to find clean, sustainable solutions,' he stated.

'We look forward to engaging with global energy experts and government representatives to highlight the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant as a credible example of successfully developing a nuclear energy program to provide electricity for 60 years ahead,' he added.

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