UAE appoints Atkins as nuclear energy programme adviser

Engineering and design consultancy Atkins has been appointed to act as lender’s technical adviser for the United Arab Emirates’ peaceful nuclear energy programme.

The company will be responsible for providing an independent technical assessment of the programme, which will deliver four new reactors under the leadership of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).

Atkins’ advice will inform the investment decision of the private lenders, which comprise a combination of Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) and commercial banks.

Atkins has been contracted for the construction period of the four APR-1400 reactors procured from the South Korean consortium, led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), in 2009.