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WETEX 2012: Executive summary of 14th show outing

The 14th WETEX electrified the Middle East's utilities professionals

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Ducab's stand clebrated the UAE's anniversary in a cable-tastic fashion.
Ducab's stand clebrated the UAE's anniversary in a cable-tastic fashion.
Siemens exhibited its power solutions technology on an impressive stand at Wetex 2012.
Siemens exhibited its power solutions technology on an impressive stand at Wetex 2012.

The 14th Water, Energy, & Environment Exhibition 2012 (WETEX) electrified the Middle East’s utilities professionals in March. 

After the opening ceremony with HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, top officials accompanied by HE Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of DEWA, and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD and CEO of DEWA, explored the Exhibition and viewed the displays and equipment being showcased by companies from 28 countries from over the world participating in the Exhibition. The exhibition attracted 1,055 companies.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum praised DEWA and the significant developments it has made for all its facilities in addition to the excellent services DEWA provides, which has made it one of the best utilities in the world.

The opening ceremony was attended by HE Mattar Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of DEWA, and HE Fahad Al Muhannadi, Manging Director of the Qatar Electricity and Water Corporation.

“WETEX attracts cutting-edge technologies and major international companies to Dubai. This enhances Dubai’s position as the preferred regional hub for finance, trade and business.

The number of companies and organizations participating in this year’s Exhibition reached 1,055 in comparison with 715 in last year’s Exhibition,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“This year’s Exhibition focused on the environment by following up on the UAE’s progress and continuous efforts to conserve resources and protect the environment. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is one of our pioneering projects to generate electricity from solar energy, and will have a production capacity of 1,000 Megawatts.

This model of the park is on display at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy booth, and forms the foundation and benchmark for our strategy to utilize clean and renewable energy, which plays an important role in our sustainable development.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy will present the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, as new sources of energy will be provided and, consequently, shares of different sources of energy will be changed to 71 % gas and the remaining 29 % comprising nuclear energy, coal and renewable sources of energy. In this way, electricity from solar energy will constitute 5% of our electricity needs in 2030,” His Excellency added.

“The participation of fossil fuel, including oil, gas and related activities, in this year’s Exhibition is of significant importance as fossil fuels are one of the sources of energy used at on a wide scale. Therefore, the Exhibition has become integrated and includes different sources of energy,” His Excellency pointed out.

The Exhibition includes a list of major national and international companies, whose displays include a lot of products; such as agricultural equipment, desalination systems, modern systems of irrigation, water pumping equipment, boilers, cables, electrical transformers, connectors, energy saving products, pipes, valves, generators, electricity- and water-transmission and distribution equipment, and other modern equipment.

Shell used its presence at WETEX 2012 to raise awareness of the need to use less and emit less, in addition to finding innovative replacements for carbon-based liquid fuels by providing customers with fuel and lubricant solutions that promise to save on energy, cost and the environment.

Speaking in one of the keynots conference sessions, Belinda Perriman, Upstream Commercial Manager for Shell in the UAE, said “Climate change is a major challenge affecting the whole world. The related challenge in the UAE and wider GCC is to meet the growing local demand for energy with lower emissions.

Increased exploration and development of indigenous gas, which is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, will reduce the burning of valuable higher carbon liquid fuels, such as diesel and fuel-oil, for power.” Along these lines, Shell is pioneering Gas to Liquid (GTL) fuel solutions using the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar, which it built in partnership with Qatar Petroleum.

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Empower
Empower was displaying the model of its 60,000 refrigeration tonnes district cooling plant which at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), one of the biggest projects in Dubai.

“We are delighted to have the model of our district cooling plant in DIFC displayed in the show. We believe that district cooling will accelerate the move towards green buildings in the UAE,” said Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.”

The plant forms part of Empower’s expansion plans, driven by high demand from business and residential communities in Dubai.

Sharp Solar
Mamoru Takatsuka, general manager of new business development at Sharp was on hand to promote the company’s new Solar Water Electrolyzing System solution which Sharp is launching at the exhibition. “The solution is perfect for remote areas which are not connected to the power grid, and can be used to electrolyze water for many uses through power converted by PV cells,” said Takatsuka.

“Our system utilizes a membrane as opposed to flash boiling seawater, which requires huge amounts of oil or gas. The water treatment process requires very little maintenance and is therefore much more cost effective. We have installed a system in Kenya which produces enough water for 2000 people everyday using only solar power.”

Takatsuka said that the Middle East and Africa region’s have a totally different approach to solar uses compared to Asia and Europe.

“We have just started building up our solar business locally. Electricity tariffs are extremely low in this region, and subsidising the installation costs in country rich in oil and gas has not been a priority for governments here. That is changing now and the GCC is recognising that meeting the growing electricity demand will consume huge amounts of their precious fossil fuel reserves.”

Riyadh Cable Company
Engineer Khalil Mohammed Al Khayat at Riyadh Cables told Utilities Middle East that the Saudi Arabian cable specialist is now the 18th largest cable manufacturer in the world, and has benefitted from a strong DEWA orderbook recently.

“Our manufacturing facilities cover 650,000m2 and we have 18 local branches and six overseas branches. We are one of the biggest cable manufacturers in the Middle East,” explained Al Khayat.

The company produces a full range of low, medium, and high voltage cables up to 240 kV.

“We are very well established across the GCC, and are now expanding our presence in Africa. 2011 was a good year, significantly stronger than 2010.

This year has also started extremely well and we are confident of a good year. Our principal customer in the UAE is DEWA and we have supplied a lot of high voltage cables to them, but we also work with ADWEA and FEWA.”

Al Khayat said that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have been the strongest regional markets by far, and that government and commercial spending looks solid  for  2012.

“There are many opportunities which are being driven by the changes throughout the Arab world. In North Africa there will be significant changes towards government spending plans. The Gulf countries are much more stable and the volume growth we anticipate here is steadier but solid.”

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