State Grid Corp of China, Abu Dhabi DoE ink energy projects MoU
MoU to include project feasibility studies and DoE collab with SGCC-owned firms such as Shandong Power Co
Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) signed a memorandum of understanding with State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) –which according to its website owns at least 65 utilities subsidiaries, including China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co, Nari Group Corporation, China Electric Power Research Institute, Shandong Power Equipment, and electric power companies in Chinese provinces – to support the energy sector in Abu Dhabi as it transitions towards more efficient consumption behaviours and expands its clean and renewable energy networks.
Signed at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi – held on 9-12 September 2019 at Adnec – by DoE chairman, Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, and executive chairman of SGCC, Kou Wei, the agreement outlines the role of both parties in implementing the strategic partnership agreed by Emirati and Chinese leadership in 2018, within which energy was a central focus to drive trade and economic growth, as well as technological innovation.
The MoU will see DoE, which supports energy project development in Abu Dhabi, work with companies owned by SGCC, to promote knowledge transfer, energy efficiency, and the shift towards clean energy.
Also included in the MoU are feasibility studies to boost energy system efficiencies; developing facilities for producing and storing clean energy; implementing gas-insulated underground cables and power lines; connecting the existing power grid with those of other emirates and regional countries; improving the quality of electrical grids; utilising district cooling systems; establishing and developing advanced infrastructure for meters; and providing training to develop skillsets among the workforce operating the electric grid.
Commenting on the MoU, Al Marar said: "Forging strategic ties with international pioneers in the energy sector boosts Abu Dhabi’s ability to achieve its strategic aspirations, and implement initiatives to transform the sector."
According to UAE state news agency, Wam, Wei added: "With the UAE’s strategic goals and ambitions for the energy sector on one hand, and China’s expertise and advanced technology on the other, there is always room for collaboration among the two countries to achieve their common objectives. The MoU we have signed is a starting point for more joint initiatives and projects in the future."