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The importance of a strong nuclear safety culture, approaches to waste management and decommissioning, and leadership and management best practices will be set out in a series of interactive presentations as Atkins takes part in the Joint UAE – IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School conference between 14 and 25 May in Abu Dhabi.

The conference has been tailored for around 50 international nuclear science students working with various major nuclear institutions. The agenda features lectures delivered by representatives from hosts Khalifa University, International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Nawah, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection (CICPA), National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), Tecnatom, AVERT, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Atkins.

Over eight days, the students will learn about topics covering: energy policy and planning; nuclear power, technology, and development; project management; regulatory and legal frameworks; power plant operations; emergency preparedness; safety, security and safeguards; stakeholder engagement; and sustainability through human capacity building.

David Haboubi, head of business development and strategy, will start Atkins’ presentations with ‘Benefits of a strong nuclear safety culture’ on Tuesday 16 May. This will be followed up by two presentations on Wednesday 17 May about waste management and decommissioning, by Mark Morant, managing director, Energy Americas. Jannie du Plessis, principle project manager in the Energy Middle East nuclear team, will round up Atkins’ participation on 23 May with an interactive lecture about leadership and management in practice.

The students are also being set projects relating to the various topics covered. David Haboubi and Oliver Clegg are project mentors throughout the conference, and will be mentoring a group project about ‘the feasibility of future units’. Each group will present a final project before the graduation ceremony on 25 May.

The conference will conclude with a site visit to the UAE’s first civil nuclear power plant, Barakah NPP. Since our early involvement as the lender’s technical advisor for Units 1 to 4 at the Barakah site, our Abu Dhabi based team and existing workforce of over 2,000 engineers in the Middle East are providing technical and project management support to the whole Barakah programme, including the development of the future operating company and helping upskill the workforce to support a sustainable nuclear industry for the long term.

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Paul Childs
External communications manager, Energy
+44 20 7121 2828

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