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Road to Daegu Series: Energy Growth in the Middle East

Road to Daegu Middle East

As part of our “Road to Daegu” activities leading up to the World Energy Congress, Siemens is hosting Round Table discussions around the globe on regional energy topics. Our fifth event took place in Abu Dhabi, where the panel debated energy trends such as increasing energy demand, consumption, efficiency, renewable sources, oil and gas exports, training of local personnel, and others with the following high-level experts:

  • Eng. Ali Saleh Al Barrak, President & CEO Saudi Electricity Company
  • Adel Abdulrahman Al Anbari, Managing Director for Al-Shaheen Holding (Qatar Petroleum)
  • Mohammad Boshehri, Assistant Under Secretary for Water Operation and Maintenance, Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait
  • Shankar Krishnamoorthy, President & CEO GDF SUEZ Energy South Asia, Middle East & Africa
  • Dr. Michael Suess, Member of the Managing Board & CEO Energy Sector, Siemens AG

The panel had an interesting debate that covered not only the topic of generating and consuming energy, but also related topics, such as the impact water scarcity has on the power needs of the region. In the end, the panel agreed that the introduction of top technologies would enable efficiency improvements and carbon footprint reduction. Further, in a region that has a positive attitude toward technology, this seemed like a viable approach.

There was one other positive impact of energy efficiency pointed out by the panel: By doubling efficiency and introducing renewable resources to the power mix. As a result, the Middle East can save oil and gas resources, thereby extending future sales and future income.

Videos of discussion highlights, along with the full-length round table, can be seen by clicking here.

 

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