The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has appointed Peter Dietrich as the corporation’s chief nuclear officer (CNO).

With 27 years of experience within the nuclear sector, Dietrich will head the development of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, and will assess the programme plan for the delivery of Units 1 to 4.

Prior to being appointed to his current position, Dietrich worked at five different commercial nuclear sites over his career, including three years as chief nuclear officer of a multi-unit energy plant in the USA.

Dietrich joins ENEC from his previous position as senior vice-president, Transmission and Distribution, at Southern California Edison (SCE).

He will also be responsible for a series of leadership programmes to support the next generation of Emirati nuclear professionals that will be required to operate the Barakah Plant over its 60 year lifespan.

Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC CEO, said: “I welcome Peter to the executive team that is leading the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program and I look forward to working closely with him.

“He is a respected leader who has extensive experience in the global nuclear energy industry, demonstrating the capacity to continuously improve performance while mentoring and developing the appropriate skills and capabilities in the different organizations in which he has served.”