On Monday, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) declared it has officially certified the first group of 15 UAE National Senior Reactor Operators (SROs) and Reactor Operators (ROs) at Nawah Energy Company, the operations, and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). The move had been taken to comply with FANR’s Regulation 17 that dictates requirements for the training and qualification of SROs ROs and ensures their competence to operate the nuclear energy plant.

The operation of the main control room of a nuclear energy plant during regular operations and emergencies including starting up a nuclear reactor, shutting down a nuclear reactor, and monitoring reactor parameters, will be controlled by a reactor operator.

Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) said, “This is a major milestone for the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme. Investing in building Emirati nuclear expertise is pivotal for the sustainability of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme to attain the nation’s ambitious goals.”

“FANR has played a critical role to certify the reactor operators and verifying their competence and readiness to operate the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in accordance with the highest standards of safety to ensure the protection of the public and the environment,” he added.

The move was admired by Eng. Mohammad Al Hammadi, chief executive officer at ENEC. He called it a step forward for the country’s nuclear energy industry. “The certification of Nawah’s first group of UAE National Senior Reactor Operators and Reactor Operators represents a significant step forward in the nation’s efforts to build capacity, skills, and talent for the future of the UAE’s nuclear energy industry,” Al Hammadi stated.

“The UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme is creating new, high-value job opportunities that will play a significant role in diversifying the UAE’s economy and supporting sustainable economic development for decades to come,” he added.

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