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Saudi Arabia spearheads sustainable energy drive

Last updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 11:50 AM
Khaled Daou


RIYADH – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is fast becoming a leading investor in alternative energy with the government announcing various solar energy projects that are aimed at ensuring sustainable long-term supply of energy across the Kingdom. The Saudi government has already announced plans to invest SR408.75 billion to produce an additional 41 GW of solar energy by 2032, which will account for a third of the total domestic energy consumption.

With the first round of solar energy project tenders expected to be launched within the first quarter of 2013, the Kingdom has already generated strong attention from international suppliers, contractors and other key industry players in the global renewable energy sector.

Khaled Daou, Project Manager of Saudi Energy at Riyadh Exhibitions Company, organizer of the upcoming Saudi Energy 2013 – The 16th International Trade Exhibition for Electricity Power Generation, Alternative Energy, Water Technology, Lighting & HVAC – said: “The sharp increase in demand for energy in Saudi Arabia has led to a surge in interest in alternative energy sources, particularly solar energy which is an abundant energy resource in the Kingdom.”

Moreover, he said “in addition to diversifying Saudi Arabia’s energy resources, the government’s aggressive investments in renewable energy is also part of a strategy to maximize its traditional energy reserves, while taking huge steps toward significantly reducing carbon emissions.”

Hence, the forthcoming Saudi Energy 2013 will be an important venue that will support the Saudi government’s proactive efforts to build its renewable energy infrastructure, he noted, adding that “the event provides a dedicated platform for technology suppliers and buyers from the Kingdom to discuss the best possible solutions to move forward with Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy program.”

Saudi Energy 2013 will be critical for regional and international alternative energy companies looking to penetrate the Saudi booming market. Saudi Energy is Kingdom’s premier specialized energy exhibition that will gather all key energy sector entities, including senior government officials, decision makers, investors and energy experts, to meet with international exhibitors and explore new technologies, techniques and best practices that will support the Kingdom’s aggressive investments in alternative energy.

To be held on May 26-29, 2013 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Saudi Energy forum is one of the largest and most specialized energy exhibitions in the region, covering all energy sector aspects from electricity generation and distribution to alternative and renewable energy technologies; modern lighting products and technologies; water and water resources management technologies; and HVAC.

Saudi Energy 2013 includes four of Saudi Arabia’s top energy-related shows: Saudi Elenex 2013 – the 16th International Electrical Engineering, Power Generation & Distribution Exhibition; Saudi Luminex 2013 – the 13th International Lighting Equipment Show; Saudi Aircon 2013 – the 14th International Exhibition on Air Conditioning Heating, Ventilation & Refrigeration; and Saudi Water Tech – the 10th International Exhibition for Water Technology.

Saudi Energy is certified by the UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry. — SG

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