Inauguration of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) Simulator Training Center

Pictured here at the inauguration of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) Simulator Training Center (STC) at Barakah is George Vanderheyden, Chief Nuclear Officer, with the simulator team members. The simulators developed for ENECs Prime Contractor, the Korea Electric Power Corp, by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Company (KHNP), Western Services Corporation (WSC) and SHINIL are the first of their kind in the Middle East.

The Simulator Training Center (STC) is home to two simulators which are identical to the plants Main Control Room, each consisting of a Large Display Panel which highlights the most important parameters for operators quick reference, and five operator stations from which Reactor Operators can consult any system within the plant using their Man-Machine Interface System. The simulator was declared Ready-for-Training in February of this year.


The APR1400 simulators developed using WSCs 3KEYMASTER simulation software are among the most advanced simulators in the world due to the complexity of both the core modeling and the Instrumentation and Control systems. The simulators integrate multiple specialist software systems to reproduce the closest possible reproduction of the real plant.

"Safety is and will remain our main priority and highly trained and prepared reactor operators are critical to the safety of our plants," said Mohammed Al Hammadi, chief executive of ENEC. "Our state-of-the-art simulators are designed to replicate real scenarios and processes that our reactor operators will face every day. This form of training has been proven to be a reliable and successful training method."


WSC has been the simulation software supplier to KHNP for APR1400 since 2003 and we are delighted to continue that relationship with the on-time delivery of the first simulator to the Barakah STC said John Smith, CEO of WSC.