The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has inaugurated its simulator training center at Barakah in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region.

The training centre has two APR1400 simulators that similar to the plant’s main control room and five operator stations with access to the plant’s entire network, according to

ENEC said that the center has most advanced nuclear training devices.

First two units at the Barakah nuclear power plant, under construction, are 40% complete. The units are scheduled to come into operation in 2017 and 2018.

Units 3 and 4 at the nuclear plant are due to begin commercial operations in 2019 and 2020.

ENEC CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi said, "Safety is and will remain our main priority and highly trained and prepared reactor operators are critical to the safety of our plants."

"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 in some of the most advanced industries worldwide,"Hammadi said.

"Real-time control room simulators have a proven track record of developing user soft skills such as communication, the ability to respond efficiently, solid decision making and working as part of a team. They play a key role in the development of a nuclear safety culture."