ENEC Posts 100 Million Hours Employee Safety

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said this week it had surpassed more than 100 million consecutive safe hours of work without a single Lost Time Injury at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, a feat that was accomplished in a four-year stretch.

Barakah NPPThese four years included completion of construction at Unit 1 of a four-unit plant in which Unit 2 is nearing its first fuel load and Units 3 and 4 are, respectively, 94 percent and 89 percent completed. Unit 1 began operations in April of this year. Construction on the plant in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirate began in 2012.

ENEC said the accomplishment “sets a new benchmark for industrial safety for nuclear new build projects around the world.”

ENEC worked closely with the Korea Electric Power Corporation to establish an exceptional safety culture at the project that is set to include four nuclear reactors. “Dedication to continuous improvement of everyday work behaviors, accountability and employee empowerment,” including continuous training, set the stage for the safety record, ENEC said.

The Barakah Plant, a breakthrough for nuclear power in the region, is the largest single-generator of electricity in the UAE. Unit 1 has generated more than 2,100 GWh of electricity representing a avoidance of 950,000 kilotons of C02 that would have been otherwise generated by a fossil-fuel burning plant.

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