Engineering firm vies with eight others for role of managing agent of about 14 nuclear facilities

Engineering firm Amec has been shortlisted to manage the £40bn nuclear programme in the United Arab Emirates.

Samir Brikho, Amec chief executive

The company, run by chief executive Samir Brikho, is on a shortlist of nine for the role of managing agent, according to reports in The Independent on Sunday.

The contract would involve overseeing technical design, construction and operation of about 14 nuclear facilities, the paper said, and would justify Amec’s move two years ago to refocus on energy and power.

Other firms thought likely contenders for the shortlist include Bechtel, CH2M Hill and Fluor Corporation.

UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan is thought to want an appointment by the end of the summer to help press ahead with the large-scale programme.

The country hopes to generate 20MW of electricity through nuclear power by 2020.