Tractebel and Abu Dhabi University to collaborate on research and development

05 Nov 2021

The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the development of the nuclear sector in the UAE through academic cooperation and the sharing of scientific expertise.

Tractebel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 3, 2021 with Abu Dhabi University (ADU), one of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) leading multi-campus private universities and home to the largest engineering college in the country. The partnership aims to strengthen academic cooperation between both entities, in addition to leveraging scientific expertise in cross fields. The MoU will contribute to nuclear power development in the UAE, part of its Net Zero by 2050 strategy.

Memorandum of Understanding cements new partnership

The MoU signing was held at ADU's Abu Dhabi campus in the presence of Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU, Mostafa El Safty, Head of BD Nuclear in the Middle East, Thomas Palix, Regional Manager of Tractebel Middle East, and Dr. Nisreen Alwan, Acting Dean of the College of Health Sciences, as well as faculty from the college.

Developing the nuclear sector in the UAE

In line with the UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, ADU and Tractebel join efforts to accelerate the development of the nuclear sector in the UAE through collaborative research and development. In the long run, both parties will lay the groundwork and structure practical innovations and solutions to shape future research methodology. Tractebel will collaborate with the university to conduct a series of seminars and events under ADU’s engineering program, with a focus on topics that will help strengthen existing educational courses such as nuclear waste processing plants.

Creating opportunities through academic programs

The MoU highlights opportunities for both parties in training workshops and academic programs that will enable the development of joint facilities while simultaneously broadening the horizons and skills needed to tackle nuclear energy matters in the UAE. ADU and Tractebel aim to utilize research findings for the enhancement of the nuclear energy sector in the country.

The signing ceremony at the University of Abu Dhabi.



Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU said, “ADU is proud to announce another collaboration with a reputable institution in our efforts to elevate our students' experience and further develop the nuclear energy sector in the UAE. Our partnership with Tractebel reinforces ADU’s position as a prominent academic institution in the UAE. We stand committed to providing our students with a progressive environment where they can continuously grow in their respective fields.”


Mostafa El Safty, Tractebel’s Head of Business Development - Nuclear in the Middle East said, “It’s an important milestone to sign such an agreement with Abu Dhabi University. At Tractebel, we are fully aware of and believe in the importance of knowledge transfer in an effort to help prepare the new Emirati generation to venture into the nuclear field.” 


Thomas Palix, Regional Manager of Tractebel Middle East said, “We are very pleased with this agreement and we believe that apart from the nuclear sector, we can also cooperate in energy, where Tractebel is considered one of the strongest players in the sector in UAE and the Middle East.”


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