Power development opportunities for the region showcased at the successfully concluded Power Qatar Summit 2015

Fahad Al Mohannadi, General Manager & Managing Director, Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) delivering the welcome address at the Power Qatar Summit 2015

Doha, Qatar, October 29, 2015: The current progress and future of the power sector and plans to promote renewable energy resources in the State of Qatar were discussed at length, across two days at the recently concluded Power Qatar Summit 2015, held under the patronage of KAHRAMAA. Organized by global conference producers, Expotrade, the summit was held on 26-27 October at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha.

Eng. Abdulaziz Al Hammadi, Manager – Conservation & Energy, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), inaugurated the summit along with Fahad Al Mohannadi, General Manager & Managing Director, Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) and Saleh Hamad Al Marri, Head of Renewable Energy Technologies, KAHRAMAA. The opening session was attended by dignitaries such as 1st Secretary Jihun CHO, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; H.E. Munir Ghannam, Ambassdor, Embassy of the State of Palestine; H.E. Deddy Saiful Hadi, Ambassdor, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia; Mr. Peter Ziegler, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Shingo Tsuda, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan and Dr. M. Anas Arnaout, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Justice, State of Qatar.

Eng. Abdulaziz Al Hammadi delivered the opening speech that emphasized on the solar energy potential in Qatar, which was later followed by a welcome address by Fahad Al Mohannadi. Over two days, the summit featured over 20 keynote sessions, presentations, panel discussions and unrivalled networking opportunities making it a one-stop platform to discuss new developments in the power sector in the GCC region. The two-day summit saw leading experts from all over the world provide insights to capitalize on the region’s energy potential.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “We are delighted about the success of the Power Qatar summit. The summit lived up to its promise of providing actionable insights to boost the power sector in the region. Energy efficiency, sustainability and effective utilization of energy resources were the broad themes addressed by the speakers. We offer our sincere thanks to all sponsors, speakers, delegates and partners for supporting the event.”

Among the list of renowned speakers presenting on day one were Saleh Hamad Al Marri, Head of Renewable Energy Technologies, KAHRAMAA; Hashim Al-Zahrani, Head of ICC, GCC Interconnection Authority; Faisal Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Philippe Freyssinet, Director-Energy & Environment, Qatar National Research Fund speaking on KAHRAMAA’s Prospective Projects for Solar Energy; 400-kV Interconnection Super Grid; Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 and QNRF actions on Clean Energy Technologies respectively.

Sharad Somani, Executive Director & ASPAC Head for Power & Utilities, KPMG Corporate Finance, moderated the day one panel discussion on reviewing the challenges facing solar industry growth and the role of solar energy in sustainable city development. The participating panelists were Mohamed Nagib Omara, Technical Advisor to the President, KAHRAMAA; Dr. Haitham Abu-Rub, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar; Mansour Al Qahtani, Executive Vice President – Distribution & Customer Service, Saudi Electricity Company and Arnaud Berthet, Head of Representative office, Engie –Qatar.

Day 2 session began with Walid Al Deghaili, Energy Sector Expert – Sustainable Development Policies Division, UN-ESCWA presenting on water use for energy, followed by Jan Schoenig, Program Manager, Major Events, Siemens WLL Qatar. During his session, he focused on the new products, systems and solutions in the area of energy transmission, distribution and energy efficiency.

Also, present at the event to share their insights on Day 2 were Dr. Ioannis Spanos, Senior Sustainability Manager, KEO International Consultants, Prof. Nouar Tabet, ‎Principal Investigator and Dr. Abdelkader Bousselham, Senior Scientist-Grid Integration of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute. Panel discussion on attaining sustainability through a combination of conventional and renewable energy sources included experts David Martin McKenna, Senior Sustainability Engineer, ASTAD Project Management; Dr. Esam Elsarrag, Director Research & Development, Gulf Organisation for Research & Development; Dr. Obindah Gershon nee Wagbara, Adjunct Professor of Energy Economics, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Dr. Ioannis Spanos of KEO International Consultants.

Speakers included experts from WSP| Parsons Brinckerhoff, KAPSARC and premium sponsors ENGIE, Siemens, Bronzeye, KPMG, Ooredoo, Rawafid Systems, Oracle Utilities and Eversheds who touched upon the different aspects of the power and energy sector in the region.

Other sponsors included NEP, Innovation Renewable Energy, Qatar International Electrical Co WLL, Middle East Specialized Cables (MESC), Voltamp Energy SAOG, Field Industrial Supplies WLL Qatar (FIS), Netico, Roxtec Teksan Generator, Yamuna Densons, Scania, Gulf Pearl Block & Tiles Factory, Hamton International W.L.L, Al-Ojaimi Group, POWERSYS, Albawakir and Warmat who displayed a range of solutions at the exhibitor lounge.

The prize draw at the close of day two garnered the attention of all attendees. One lucky winner won a 2 nights’ stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, West Bay Lagoon property, while another took home an iPad.

With more than 400 participants from across the GCC attending the summit, the sponsors of the summit commented favorably at its close. Mr. Arnaud Berthet, Head of representative Office, ENGIE – Qatar, said, “We have a diverse scope of people and companies here, which is very useful. It is a very good environment to exchange ideas about how to make the energy world more sustainable for Qatar and globally for the region. These kind of forums help you meet the right people, involved in the power and solar energy sector.

Mr. Aasit M. Naik, General Manager – Central Marketing, Voltamp Energy SAOG described the event as “power packed with excellent presentations by all speakers which gave great insight into progress made by Qatar and also futuristic way for new projects.” He further added, “The event was well attended by the key stakeholders of the power sector, both from the public as well as the industry.”

Power Qatar Summit 2015 begins tomorrow

Power Qatar Summit 2015 begins tomorrow

Power Qatar Summit 2015 begins tomorrow

Doha, Qatar, October 25, 2015: The two- day Power Qatar Summit, which is to be held under the patronage of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) will be opened tomorrow here at Ritz-Carlton Doha.

The event focused on power generation and transmission in the State of Qatar will witness the presence of a number of visitors, exhibitors and delegates among others to discuss and exchange ideas concerning region’s energy future. Organized by global conference producers, Expotrade, the summit will explore the growing focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean technology and offer a comprehensive overview on the future of energy development in the region,

The 2015 conference agenda offers delegates an overview of Qatar’s sustainable energy plans and future strategies in the arena. The summit is considered as a recognized event, which brings together key policy makers, energy leaders and professionals.

Deliberating on the prospects of renewable energy, the Day 1 of the conference agenda will feature topics pertaining to KAHRAMAA’s prospective and ongoing projects related with the solar energy; Smart Energy Solutions, renewable energy resources: current status, future prospects and QNRF’s action plan regarding clean energy technologies.

Apart from a panel discussion on reviewing the challenges facing solar industry growth and the role of solar energy in sustainable city development, the first day of the summit will also cover sessions on 400 -kV Interconnection Super Grid; Enabling the Smart Grid through Efficient Utilities Solutions; Effective Energy Management: Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 and Energy Storage Opportunities for Transportation and Grid Applications in the GCC Region.

Day 2 agenda includes sessions on FIFA World Cup 2022 powered by innovations; grid-connected photovoltaic systems; improving energy efficiency in buildings through regulation; understanding the potential of renewable energy for MENA; and the panel discussion will also focus on attaining sustainability through a combination of conventional and renewable energy sources.

Building on the success of the Solar Qatar Summit, the latest edition of the Power Qatar Summit is designed to cover all aspects of power and energy and address the new opportunities and developments available in the region. Over two days, the summit will host a robust panel of experts and speakers who will discuss new developments arising in the sector. Last year’s Solar Qatar summit was a resounding success and this year promises to be no different.

The summit has the support of leading companies such as Engie, Siemens, Bronzeye, KPMG, Ooredoo, Rawafid Systems, Oracle Utilities, Eversheds, NEP, Innovation Renewable Energy, and the exhibitor lounge will feature solutions from over 20 companies.

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Qatar’s Energy Future in Discussion at the Power Qatar Summit 2015

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, October 20, 2015: Qatar government’s various initiatives to accelerate and bolster its energy strategy in order to achieve a sustainable energy future has gained global recognition. It is against this backdrop that global conference producers, Expotrade have organized the Power Qatar Summit, incorporating the successful Solar Qatar Summit.

Held under the patronage of Kahramaa, the two-day summit brings together senior policy makers from the government, sector specialists, scientists, technologists and researchers to collaborate and engage in a discussion on the region’s energy demand and growth and explore opportunities to redefine its future energy model.

Talking about the energy market in the GCC region, Mr. Sharad Somani, Executive Director & ASPAC Head for Power & Utilities, KPMG Corporate Finance, who is also speaking at the summit, said, “GCC is on the cusp of energy revolution. Renewable energy led by solar will not only change the energy mix but also provide the much needed energy diversification and security in a sustainable manner.”

The attractive financing market coupled with strong regional growth prospects offer the best opportunity for utilities, developers and investors to evolve win-win solutions. The Power Qatar Summit is a great forum that brings the industry leaders to exchange ideas and help structure project partnerships to leverage the opportunities offered.

Given that, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has planned to complete the nationwide rollout of smart meters and smart grid by 2016, the summit features multiple sessions by regional and international industry leaders on the future and challenges of deploying smart grid technology in Qatar. Mr. Wail Gadour, Sales Consulting Director, Oracle Utilities will share insight on Enabling the Smart Grid through Efficient Utilities Solutions, while Dr. Abdelkader Bousselham, Senior Scientist-Grid Integration, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, will present a session on The Path towards Smart Grid: Microgrids and Demand Response for Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation and Renewable Integration.

Furthermore, Mr. Hashim AL-Zahrani, Head of ICC, GCC Interconnection Authority, during his session will lay emphasis on the first 400-kV super grid commissioned by GCCIA, that links the power network of the six Gulf countries, namely, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia on one unified grid. Titled 400-kV Interconnection Super Grid – Enabling Power Trading and Electrical Exchange across GCC Countries, his session will outline the benefits of sharing energy resources between the GCCIA member states.

Over two days, more than 300 attendees will expand their business network and engage in discussions focusing on the various aspects of energy in the State of Qatar. The summit will be held on 26-27 October 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

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Renewable Energy at the Forefront of Discussion at the Power Qatar Summit 2015

Keynote session in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Keynote session in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, October 11, 2015: Later this month on 26–27 October, the state of Qatar known for its abundant natural energy resources will witness the region’s leading power generation, transmission and distribution event, the Power Qatar Summit. Held under the patronage of Kahramaa, the Summit brings together senior decision makers within the government, regional and global thought leaders from the public and private sectors to collaborate and discuss the future developments in the energy sector for the region.

The two-day summit will provide invaluable networking opportunities to over 350 delegates, including project advisors, developers and planners, energy suppliers, utilities and network operators, analysts and system integrators, designers, architects and engineers, consultants and sustainability experts.

The state of Qatar boasts one of the highest per capita electricity consumption in the world and the highest in the Gulf region. Given this, Mohamed Nagib Omara, Technical Advisor to the President, Kahramaa will take the audience through a 20-minute presentation on an overview of Qatar’s progress over the last decade in power generation, with a focus on the future electricity networks and generation mix.

Over the course of two days, the summit will cover topics pertinent to the state of Qatar. Replete with renewable energy resources, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is able to adequately address the power requirements arising in the region. Qatar’s unrivalled solar potential is a strong indicator that it is poised to become a world leader in renewable energy production as well. The extensive measures undertaken by Kahramaa to transform Qatar into a regional solar hub will be discussed at length by Saleh Hamad Al Marri, Head of Renewable Energies Technologies, Kahramaa under the topic ‘Kahramaa’s Prospective Projects for Solar Energy’.

Solar energy makes a vital contribution to reducing carbon emissions significantly. In a panel discussion, eminent speakers Dr. Haitham Abu-Rub, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Eng. Hamid Jawad, Operations Director, Rawafid Systems and Mohamed Nagib Omara, Technical Advisor to the President, Kahramaa, will further discuss the role of solar energy in a sustainable city development and the challenges faced by this industry. The panelists will collectively seek out solutions and evaluate new opportunities to address the challenges hindering the growth and adoption of solar energy in the region.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “Over the last few years, there has been a significant and rapid change in the entire energy outlook of this region. In the Middle East, there is a renewed push for renewable energy; Qatar is one of the world’s foremost market for renewable energy. The country’s overall energy demand has been on an upswing and is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years.”

Renewable energy, clean energy technologies and the various energy efficiency initiatives, amongst other topics will be discussed at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

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Qatar Transitioning To Smart Meters

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, August 11, 2015: In an endeavor to offer better energy management solutions to consumers, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has leveraged the collaborative understanding of Information Technology and the power sector to launch its smart meter project. With decisive implementation plans to make the country a pioneer in smart energy management, KAHRAMAA intends to cover the complete geographical rollout of the smart meter project across the city by 2016. Smart meter deployment provides real-time information on the energy, water or natural gas consumption of a building or home.

The country’s steady movement towards an overall smart energy approach is supported by the installation of smart grid projects and its related technologies such as smart meter that benefits consumers and energy providers in ways more than one. Additionally, it enables KAHRAMAA to optimize energy consumption and promote energy efficiency.

“By adding the intelligence of IT to power distribution, KAHRAMAA aims to attain sustainable development and significantly improve the power infrastructure in the country. Encompassing a broad portfolio of technologies, smart grids ensure optimized usage of energy usage and support increased penetration of renewable energy. With the state of Qatar witnessing rapid growth in the power sector, the government has undertaken massive initiatives to achieve its noble vision of attaining a significant increase in renewables and energy efficiency,” opined, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East.

In the Middle East, the rate of adoption of smart metering has been on a steady growth trajectory and this demand will continue to increase exponentially in the coming years. Government-led initiatives and introduction of regulatory frameworks coupled with the adoption of latest technology in the utilities segment have driven the deployment of smart grids and smart meters in the region. Large international private players have played a crucial role in developing end-to-end solutions to build a smart energy infrastructure in the GCC region.

Installing a smart meter helps keep a check on power distribution, monitors consumer usage and communicates revenue unit of energy data in real-time between any two-distribution points. According to an industry study, smart metering market will reach 16.1 million units by 2022 and 86% of homes and businesses in the Gulf countries are expected to have smart meters by the same year.

The opportunities of smart metering and its efficacy will be discussed at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

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Qatar powered by Solar Energy

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, July 9, 2015: Richly endowed in solar energy and supported by innovative research and infrastructure development plans, the GCC region has witnessed rapid growth in renewable energy generation and consumption. Qatar is leading the region by deploying new renewable energy initiatives and has become a major powerhouse in solar energy. Being the most abundant and viable energy source, it effectively addresses the increasing power requirements in the region.

In line with the country’s vision to promote sustainability and environmental awareness and reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the government has implemented several solar energy projects, including large-scale solar power plants, solar desalination projects and solar panel manufacturing plants. Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has undertaken tangible measures to transform Qatar into a regional solar hub. Kahramaa’s first solar power facility with a generation capacity of 10 to 15MW is expected to be operational by 2016. The solar power station will be located at Duhail, covering an area of over 100,000 square meters. Kahramaa has targeted a generation capacity of 200MW through solar power by 2020.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “With ample amount of renewable resources at its disposal, the GCC region is harnessing the power of renewable energy technologies to its full potential. The state of Qatar has set a benchmark with its implementation of massive innovative programs in deploying large solar power plants.”

To meet the expected increase of power demand in the region, Qatar Foundation (QF) has undertaken and completed the Solar-Smart Grid project, which is also the first commercial photovoltaic (PV) project to be granted approval for grid connection from Kahramaa. According to industry estimate, Qatar Foundation’s solar energy smart-grid-enabled systems generate up to 85 percent of Qatar’s total solar energy output.

Tapping its tremendous solar energy potential, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) recently announced its plans to set up a solar map within the next year. The map will help identify locations across the country that receives high intensity of solar radiation to install solar cells for power generation.

Moreover, with Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, the government plans to enhance the use of renewable energy by building five solar stadiums using innovative solar-powered cooling technology that will mitigate the heat and cool the stadium. While the country has excellent solar energy potential, price competiveness and lack of a renewable energy policy framework poses a challenge to the growth of the solar power in the region.

Speakers from Kahramaa, Qatar Foundation, QEERI, QEWC and other industry leaders will discuss the various initiatives undertaken to promote solar energy in the country at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

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About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

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Super Grid Revolutionizing GCC Energy Markets

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, June 24, 2015: For a while now, countries have been addressing the implications of global warming and have taken grave measures to transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy. According to a report by a leading industry body, 57% of the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 and the energy demands will be met from eight different sources, that include, coal, oil, gas, nuclear, hydro, biomass, wind and solar.

Rapid developments have resulted in the availability of new technologies in generation, transmission and distribution of power. Additionally, the rising demand and high dependence on reliable electricity supply has resulted in the need for network configuration that supports the increase of high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, thereby guaranteeing smart, reliable and flexible power transmission.

There has been an exponential increase in the implementation of HVDC technology worldwide. One of the first HVDC lines to be set up was in 1986 across the English Channel, the IFA 2000 undersea connection that links up the national grids of France and UK. In the Middle East, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) has commissioned the first ever 400-kV super grid that connects the power network of six Gulf countries, namely, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. In a bid to combat the risk of blackouts on each national grid and share energy resources, GCCIA linked the electrical power network of all its member states.

With the HVDC main station located in Saudi Arabia, the interconnection grid covers 900 kms of high voltage overhead lines, a 37km submarine cable to Bahrain and seven 400kV substations making it the world’s biggest back-to-back HVDC converter station in the world with a capacity of 1800MW. Interestingly, the HVDC station also has a unique feature that enables the exchange of power to meet rising demand without excess generation.

GCCIA promotes reliable, competitive and sustainable electrical transmission services and the successful implementation of the GCC smart grid project has brought to the foray suggestions focusing on the interconnection of GCCIA to other regional and global grids. Implementing a large interconnection across different continents will play a pivotal role in enhancing the capabilities of the HVDC network and mitigating the power outage issues.

Enabling real-time decision-making, greater control and remote monitoring, the switch to smart grid technology also facilitates the growth and use of renewable power generation sources. Apart from establishing a high voltage direct current (HVDC) network that has the capability to transport and harness large amounts of electricity over long distances, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahrama) has forayed into multiple other ventures simultaneously to strengthen its transmission system, including the installation of solar (PV) systems in the distribution grid and introduction of smart meters.

The implementation of new technology in generation, transmission and distribution of power and improving interconnectivity in the region with HVDC will be highlighted at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October, 2015 at Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

For more event details, please log on to http://www.powerqatar.com/

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com