ENEC launches youth council

13 August 2018

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and its subsidiaries have launched the Barakah Youth Council (BYC) to "inspire, support, and empower" future leaders of the United Arab Emirates' nuclear energy industry.

The Barakah Youth Council pictured with ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi (Image: ENEC)

The council will serve as a direct channel of communication between the senior leadership of ENEC, its subsidiaries Nawah Energy Company and Barakah One Company, and the organisation's young Emirati employees, ENEC said yesterday. Over 60% of the 1400 UAE nationals employed by the companies are under 30 years of age. The BYC will provide young employees with "a voice to champion change and drive continuous improvement while also being involved in the decision-making for ongoing evolution" of the UAE's nuclear energy programme, the company added.

ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi said the launch of the council was part of the company's commitment to developing youth and providing them with the skills, expertise and experience to become the future leaders of the national and regional nuclear energy sector. The council operates within the framework of two national initiatives: UAE Vision 2021, launched in 2010; and the newly launched UAE Centennial 2071. The two programmes aim to ensure that the UAE has the human capital necessary to sustain a world-leading, knowledge based economy, Al Hammadi said.

"The Barakah Youth Council is led by a dynamic and diverse group of young UAE Nationals from across ENEC, Nawah and Barakah One Company. I am proud of their commitment and dedication to our Nation and the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, and look forward to working closely with them," Al Hammadi said.

Four Korean-designed APR-1400 units are being built for ENEC at Barakah, in the Dhafrah region of Abu Dhabi, by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation. Barakah 1was formally declared complete in March and is waiting to receive an operating licence from the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation before fuel loading and operation can begin. ENEC on 6 August announced the completion of hot functional tests at Barakah 2. Overall, construction of the four units is now over 89% complete.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News