Week in Middle East: Inauguration of Egypt’s National Smart Meter Infrastructure Project, Dubai Reaffirms Commitment to Increase Its Share of Renewable Energy, Schneider Appoints Mohammed Faraj As Saudi Arabia’s Vice President for Secure Power and more


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Egypt’s Minister of Electricity And Renewal Energy Inaugurates National Smart Meter Infrastructure Project


Following the completion of the first stage of the National Smart Meter Infrastructure project, Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr. Mohamed Shaker, recently inaugurated the project. The inauguration started with a presentation held by Giza Systems at the Ministry headquarters, followed by an inspection visit made by the Minister to the main project site: the main data center in Nasr City. Giza Systems gave a one-hour live demo of the deployed central smart metering system. The deployment will enable the control and monitoring of electricity consumption through the application of smart billing techniques. The project will also provide long-term benefits, such as optimal application management, renewable energy integration, improved retail offerings, and multi-purpose billing services.

On World Energy Day, Dubai Reaffirms Commitment to Increase Its Share of Renewable Energy; Aims At Achieving Balance Development and Environment

World Energy Day is observed globally on 22 October every year. It was approved by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, along with 54 countries and representatives from the UN, the Arab League, and the African Union through the Dubai Declaration in 2012. World Energy Day underlines the necessity of taking serious and constructive steps in protecting the environment and supports the shift towards renewable energy around the world. “The UAE, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attaches great importance to diversifying the energy mix. This is based on a vision that realises the importance of renewable energy in achieving a balance between development and the environment to protect the rights of future generations to live in a clean, healthy, and safe environment,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

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Schneider Electric appoints Mohammed Faraj As Saudi Arabia’s Vice President for Secure Power

Schneider Electric has appointed Mohammed Khader Faraj as Vice President for the company’s Secure Power division in Saudi Arabia. Faraj, who is a Saudi national and is currently the company’s Vice President for Digital Energy, will now also lead the company’s data center business. Schneider Electric’s Secure Power Division has supported the data center industry for decades with a range of power and cooling product; the Division is now is driving transformation at the edge of the network with a range of new technologies. Secure Power supports customers, both business and government, throughout Saudi Arabia. “This is division a key part of our solutions, especially when it comes to data centers and business continuity,” added Faraj. “I’m looking forward to working with the team, our partners, and customers, to drive the country’s digital transformation and ensure that Saudi is leading the way when it comes to digitization.”

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Energy Hall at WETEX 2020 & DSS Shows Global Pioneers Innovations

The Energy Hall at the 3D Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the Dubai Solar Show (DSS) 2020, will show the latest solutions and innovations by 27 major national and international companies. These include infrastructure; automation; cables and valves; and other areas related to the generation, transmission, distribution and storage of energy and water. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is organizing the two events online this year. DEWA provides, through the 22nd WETEX and the 5th DSS, the first experience of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. WETEX and DSS enable companies to show their products in an innovative way through a 3D platform, tailored to each of their needs. They also enable them to hold meetings, and attend seminars and workshops, using the latest smart technologies. “DEWA is organising the innovative, carbon-neutral WETEX and DSS under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA. DEWA provides a unique experience for exhibitors and visitors from around the world to learn about the latest technologies and developments in the water, energy, sustainability and innovation sectors, without the need to travel.

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Abu Dhabi Department of Energy Updates List of Violations And Fines for All Licensed Entities

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has updated its Schedule of Violations and Administrative Fines, affecting all licensed entities, real estate developers, facility owners, energy services companies, and individuals. The decision aims to upgrade the energy ecosystem; implement international standards in supplying electricity, water and wastewater services; secure the sector’s infrastructure; and implement health, safety and environmental standards. It also seeks to ensure that the sole energy provider in the emirate commits to preparing tenders and purchasing production capacity, as well as electricity and water output, in accordance with the regulatory frameworks set by the DoE. These procedures ensure the transparency and integrity of the regulations, and avoid any discrimination between potential investors by the energy provider.

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