Respected nuclear engineer El-Shanawany joins energy team

29 May 2012

Respected nuclear engineer joins energy team amid rising demand for technical assurance services

Lloyd’s Register has appointed the internationally respected nuclear safety expert Professor Mamdouh El-Shanawany as Business Leader for New Nuclear Opportunities.

In his new role Prof El-Shanawany will help to lead the organisation’s technical support programme for countries looking to expand their nuclear programmes and those looking to develop civil nuclear energy for the first time.

Prof El-Shanawany joins Lloyd's Register from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he most recently was the agency’s Head of Safety Assessment for the Division of Nuclear Installations Safety. In that global role, he was responsible for strengthening the ability of IAEA member states’ to assess the safety of their nuclear installations. The team were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2005.

"Our industry is growing more complex," said Prof El-Shanawany. "Demand for safe and sustainable energy supply and the introduction of new nuclear reactor designs and plant technology is driving change. Owners, operators, builders and regulatory authorities require independent assurance and verification during the design development and construction phases – as well as in-service. At Lloyd's Register, we will continue to focus on verifying safety criteria and performance to work with the nuclear industry and countries looking at new nuclear power generation, helping to provide the independent assurance they need to make informed decisions."

Prof El-Shanawany will be based in London and will bring with him more than 36 years of experience in the industry. He is also a visiting professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University.

"Mamdouh has provided design, research and development, criticality safety assessments and policy development for the nuclear industry in the UK, Canada and internationally," said Prof Richard Clegg, Global Director of Lloyd's Register’s nuclear business. "He has a great deal of nuclear-sector knowledge and is able to deliver that important role which connects operational safety issues with commercial acumen for many new-entrant countries."

Clegg said nuclear power has a pivotal role to play in tackling the global challenges of climate change, energy security and energy poverty in the post Fukushima era. But the success of efforts to rebuild public confidence and trust will determine its influence.

A key to rebuilding that trust, Clegg said, will be the openness and transparency with which the industry communicates the results and interpretations of present international safety reviews, including the European Commission’s stress tests.

"In activities such as ours, there is a vital role for the technical expertise and integrity of independent third-parties such as Lloyd’s Register, who can verify safety reviews and their findings," Prof Clegg said. "We are lucky to have such an experienced man to take the lead in this critical area of our nuclear business."

Prior to joining the IAEA, Prof El-Shanawany worked for the UK’s HM Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, where he was responsible for managing, assessing and approving the licensees' arrangements and safety cases for operating plants.

In the early 90s, he was a Senior Nuclear Safety Specialist, Directorate of Safety Analysis and Assessment, at Atomic Energy Control Board of the Canadian government.

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