Atkins and EDF Energy are bringing EDF Energy’s world leading nuclear training academy to the United Arab Emirates to support the development of their nuclear leadership and safety culture.
Atkins, the Middle East’s largest nuclear consultancy, is assisting EDF Energy, the UK’s largest nuclear generator, to export their knowledge and skills in a commercial environment, internationally, for the first time.
David Haboubi, Atkins’ head of strategy for Middle East & Africa Nuclear, said: “EDF Energy’s expertise and Atkins’ long-standing relationship in supporting the development of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear programme, makes this a win for all involved. We have a deep knowledge of local processes, people and culture which will complement EDF Energy’s world-renowned leadership development programme.”
EDF Energy's Director of Safety and Assurance for Generation, Mike Harrison, said: "The nuclear industry is unique in its approach to collective learning, particularly in improving safety. The passion among all organisations, including EDF Energy and Atkins, to share knowledge and expertise is unlike any other industry. EDF Energy is the UK subsidiary of EDF SA and we are able to bring the experience to bear of our French colleagues alongside industry partners from across the world."
Atkins’ nuclear business provides a full range of services and technologies to clients all around the world assisting with new build, asset management, life extension, and decommissioning and waste management.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations, 30 wind farms, two coal-fired stations, one gas station and two gas storage facilities makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity, producing around a fifth of the UK’s power.