Saudi Arabia: Water And Power Forum to Commence on Dec 1, Discuss National Issues

The Forum to discuss issues of national importance such as renewable energy resources; effective desalination technologies; sustainability and smart electricity generation techniques and ways to overcome challenges and create opportunities

Jeddah, November 30, 2013: The Saudi Water and Power Forum 2013, which happens to be the ninth edition of the Forum, will commence on December 1 in Hilton Hotel, Jeddah. The Forum will be marked by the presence of prominent ministers and industry experts. The opening ceremony itself will begin with keynote address of H.E. Abdullah Bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussayen, Ministry of Water & Electricity.

The forum will bring Saudi ministers, industry leaders/experts/professionals and several foreign delegates under one roof. In fact, KAUST Pre-Forum session will take place in the presence of Dr. Maher Alodan, Research & Development & Innovation, KA CARE while the opening session on day 1 will be led by H.E. Dr Saleh Alawaji, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Saudi Electricity Company & Deputy Minister for Electricity, Ministry of Water & Electricity. Among other present at the Forum will be H.E. Dr Abdullah Al-Shehri, Governor, Electricity & Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA); Dr Naïf Al-Abbadi, Director General, Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC); H.E. Loay Bin Ahmad Bin Sa’ad Al-Musallam, CEO, NWC and Dr Michael Suess, CEO, Siemens Energy Sector.

Regarding the contribution of Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity in the SWPF, Moya Bushnak’s Chairman, Dr. Adil Bushnak remarked, “Saudi government’s initiatives are focused on diversifying the energy resources and we are looking forward for council of ministers to adopt King Abdullah City for Renewable Energy’s Plan in order to secure water and electricity for the Kingdom in the coming decades.

He also added, “The Forum is a perfect platform to highlight such endeavours which are being undertaken to improve the Saudi Water and Power sectors and encourage the industry experts and leaders to form an operational network to leverage the upcoming business opportunities and potential investments.”

The Forum will create a think tank to deliberate on key issues. These issues are optimum utilization of renewable energy resources; use of effective desalination technologies; generate sustainability through implementation of smart electricity generation techniques and ways to overcome these challenges and create opportunities for business development and investment.

The Forum will further allow its participants and delegates to create a functional network as the delegates will get to participate in selected interactive roundtable discussions and achieve interactive time with the experts such as Abdullah Khalifa Al-Buainain, President & CEO, Marafiq, Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power, Philippe Cochet, President, Alstom Thermal Power and Executive Vice-President, Alstom, H.E. Dr Abdul-Rahman Al-Ibrahim, Governor, SWCC, Dr Abdullah Al-Alshaikh, Deputy Governor for Planning and Development, SWCC.

The SWPF will also feature a CWC Technical Seminar so as to let the participants become aware about the innovative new technologies that are being offered and implemented in the Gulf region. The German Desalination Industry Association (DME) will lead a morning session on “Key Solutions for Key Desalination Markets”.

The Forum is being sponsored by: Principal Sponsor: ACWA Power; Gold Sponsors: Marafiq; Alstom; and Bronze Sponsors: Severn Trent Services; Schneider Electric; Veolia Water; SAPAC Water.

While National Water Company (NWC), King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K-A-CARE), Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA), International Desalination Association (IDA), Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) are the supporters of the event.

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