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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and its operating subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) have moved to new headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City
Following the inaugural ceremony, ENEC’s CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi said, “Since its inception, ENEC has been delivering the UAE’s first nuclear energy plant safely and steadily and we continue to move closer to providing the UAE with clean and sustainable energy, saving up to 12mn tonnes in carbon emissions every year. Masdar City, and the renewable energy that powers its facilities, are other examples of how the UAE continues to pursue clean and sustainable forms of energy following the leadership’s innovative decision to diversify the nation’s supply.”
Acting CEO of Nawah Mohammed Sahoo AlSuwaidi added that as the recently established operating company for the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme, Nawah will continue to work closely with ENEC, building on the momentum already laid for operational readiness of the Barakah nuclear energy plant.
Masdar City, which broke ground in 2008, is one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments. Located next to Abu Dhabi International Airport, Masdar City also hosts the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the world’s first graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), as well as a growing business community, from multinational companies to dynamic start-up enterprises.
Masdar City is home to the region’s largest cluster of certified high-performance buildings, including the Estidama 4 Pearl development that will house ENEC’s new headquarters. The building, the first to achieve a 4 Pearl rating under Abu Dhabi’s green building standards, uses 64 per cent less energy and consumes 75 percent less water than standard buildings in Abu Dhabi.
On the relocation of ENEC’s headquarters to Masdar City, Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said, “As a hub for energy, research and clean-tech companies, Masdar City is delighted to host the ENEC, providing a strong base to support its strategic mandate to deliver safe, secure and reliable energy to the UAE as part of a diversified energy mix, and to further the UAE’s economic diversification. ENEC joins a growing community of public, private and non-profit organisations at Masdar City, and its substantial workforce will contribute to the life and dynamism of the city greatly.”
The construction of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant commenced in 2012 and all four nuclear reactors will be operational in 2020. At its full operational capacity, the facility will deliver up to a quarter of the UAE’s electricity needs and save up to 12mn tonnes in carbon emissions every year.