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Enec poll shows 85% favourability for UAE nuclear energy programme

Enec, developer of Barakah NEP, surveyed local response and awareness of UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme

Enec is developing the UAE's Barakah NEP.
Enec is developing the UAE's Barakah NEP.

Results from a national poll commissioned by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) – the developer behind the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant (Barakah NEP) in Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra region – and conducted by global market research company Nielsen have shown that residents are supporting the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme.

The public survey was designed to support the development of educational initiatives about the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme.

More than 1,000 respondents took part in the public survey across the UAE, including male and female Emiratis and expat residents.

Among the key findings was that 85% of UAE residents favour the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme compared to 83% in 2017, while 65% of residents demonstrated awareness of the nuclear programme in comparison to 58% in 2017.

Other data showed that 94% of Al Dhafra residents supported the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme, compared to 84% in 2017, and 93% considered nuclear energy to be a safe for electricity production, up from 82% in 2017.

Commenting on the findings, Enec's chief executive officer, HE Mohamed Al Hammadi, said: “The results of this public opinion poll demonstrate Enec’s adherence to its mission of being transparent to the UAE public, providing them with the most recent news and engaging with them in regards to the development of the peaceful nuclear energy industry.”

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