UAE Minister of Energy: We are developing nuclear uses and renewable sources (photos and videos) - Energy

The UAE Minister of Energy, Suhail Al Mazrouei, reviewed his country’s energy orientations and efforts to enhance energy and water security, and develop nuclear energy, renewable energy and hydrogen projects.

He added, during his opening speech at the World Utilities Conference in Abu Dhabi, today, Monday, 9 May, that there is importance to take urgent and effective steps to sustain water resources, given that water security is a fundamental pillar in the development system, and is a priority for the UAE government.

The UAE Minister of Energy pointed out that his country is making pioneering efforts in developing the clean energy sector and enhancing its efficiency, as well as rationalizing the consumption of natural resources, and finding alternative solutions to traditional energy, to support sustainable development based on ensuring the protection of the environment and the optimal use of natural resources.

Barakah nuclear plants

The UAE Minister of Energy indicated that the Barakah Peaceful Nuclear Energy Plant is the first multi-unit nuclear plant in the Arab world, explaining the earlier completion of Units 1 and 2 of the plant, bringing their total production to 2,800 megawatts, while the third unit was scheduled to be operated in 2023.

As for the fourth unit in the Barakah nuclear plants, Al Mazrouei confirmed that it is in the final stages of construction completion, stressing that when the plant is fully operational, the four Barakah plants will produce about 5.6 gigawatts of carbon-free electricity for more than 60 years.

Al Mazrouei said that the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has the capacity to produce one million tons of hydrogen annually, explaining that when operating at full capacity, it will produce up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs.

Renewable energy in the UAE

The UAE Minister of Energy explained that his country’s efforts are still continuing to diversify and sustain energy sources, as it is working to establish the Al Dhafra solar photovoltaic plant in the capital Abu Dhabi, which will be the largest solar power plant in the world with a capacity of 2 gigawatts, which raises Abu Dhabi’s solar capacity to about 3.2 GW.

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Part of the speech of the UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Al Mazrouei at the World Utilities Conference – Photo from the ministry’s Twitter page (May 9, 2022)

The minister added that by operating this station, it will contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in Abu Dhabi by more than 2.4 million metric tons annually, which is approximately equivalent to 470,000 cars traveling on the road.

He pointed out that the UAE is adopting the project to establish a combined-cycle gas turbine thermal power plant in the Emirate of Fujairah, which is the largest independent thermal power plant in the UAE, and will contribute to generating up to 2.4 gigawatts of electricity, while it will be able to meet the needs of 380,000 families. Once turned on.

Hydrogen in the UAE

The Minister of Energy reviewed his country’s future directions for developing hydrogen energy, which is a new and promising source of future energy, and one of the ways to achieve sustainable development.

He explained that the UAE has real efforts to develop hydrogen energy, the latest of which was the announcement by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, a roadmap for achieving leadership in the field of hydrogen.

The roadmap is a comprehensive national plan that aims to support local low-carbon industries, contribute to achieving climate neutrality, and strengthen the country’s position as a hydrogen exporter.

UAE future goals

The UAE Minister of Energy said that his country is aware that energy and water are the cornerstone of national security, and are of paramount importance in supporting the UAE’s future goals and development path, so it is working to launch major projects in these two sectors, targeting the next 50 years.

He continued: “With the aim of enhancing water security and the sustainability of water resources, the state is working to implement 3 major projects for desalination and sustainability, and earlier launched the Water Security Strategy 2036, which was formulated from a national perspective to cover all elements of the water supply chain in the country during the next 20 years.” .

He explained that these projects aim to provide sustainable and continuous access to safe and sufficient quantities of potable water, under normal conditions, as well as during emergencies.

The UAE Minister of Energy revealed that the three most prominent water desalination projects are under construction in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Umm Al Quwain, and are scheduled to be completed during 2023, with a capacity of 420 million gallons per day, and it is expected that it will contribute to raising the desalination capacity in the UAE to 1.590 million gallons. daily, to enhance the country’s water security.

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Part of the speech of the UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Al Mazrouei at the World Utilities Conference – Photo from the ministry’s Twitter page (May 9, 2022)

He pointed out that his country has become a model in the use of a diversified mix of energy, by launching major projects to achieve global leadership, achieve sustainability in the energy sector, and develop the first unified energy plan in the country that balances the production and consumption sides with global environmental obligations.

COP 28 . Conference

The UAE Minister of Energy said that his country’s bid to host the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “COP28” confirms its commitment to a multilateral consultative process aimed at accelerating consensus in order to protect the environment.

He added: “Hosting this global event represents a real basis for moving towards climate action, which achieves social and economic benefits, as the UAE aims to work jointly with the international community to ensure the achievement of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and climate goals at the national level.”

Investments in electricity

For his part, the head of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi, Eng. Owaida Murshid Al Marar, said that the volume of investments in the electricity generation sector for 2021 amounted to 18 billion dirhams (4.9 billion US dollars) in conventional and other energy sources.

Al Marar expected that investments in clean and renewable energy until 2025 would constitute more than 90% of the total investments in the sector, explaining that Abu Dhabi had succeeded in developing the utility sector during the past decades; To keep pace with all the current variables related to sustainability, environmental preservation and climate change.

During his interview with the Emirates News Agency, WAM, on the sidelines of the World Utilities Conference, he pointed out that innovative policies and regulations will, during the coming period, play an important role in developing the entire utilities sector, in addition to employing technology in all operations, such as generation, storage, transportation and distribution.

Al Marar explained that the production capacity in Abu Dhabi of electrical energy currently amounts to 23 gigawatts, only about 6% of which is renewable energy, pointing out that Abu Dhabi hosts a number of the largest and most cost-efficient solar power plants in the world, such as the Noor Abu Dhabi Solar Power Plant. and the Al Dhafra solar photovoltaic project.

He stressed that Abu Dhabi is the first city in the Middle East to add nuclear energy to its electrical network, as the percentage of clean energy production in the emirate is expected to reach more than 54 percent by 2025.

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