UAE: Five years to build a nuclear workforce
By Heba Hashem on Jun 27, 2012-
http://analysis.Five years from now, the UAE is expected to become the first Arab nation to produce nuclear energy, which will generate nearly a quarter of its electricity by 2020. Its training programmes have impressive benefits luring a competitive programme for its next generation of nuclear engineers.
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The United Arab Emirates’ four nuclear energy reactors at Braka are set to come online in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively. This leaves Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) – a government-owned entity charged with implementing the UAE’s civil nuclear energy program – with less than five years to train and recruit an entire team of operators, engineers and scientists. How feasible will this be?
Five years from now, the UAE is expected to become the first Arab nation to produce nuclear energy, which will generate nearly a quarter of its electricity by 2020. By then, the country estimates it will need more than 2,000 people to manage and operate its new Korean-made nuclear fleet.
Although ENEC currently relies on a pool of foreign expertise, it has also tied up with a number of academic institutions and nuclear power companies to train undergraduates and graduates.