Muscat, April 23 (NNN-ONA) – The Oman Energy and Water Conference and exhibition kicked off today at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre under the title “The Use of Smart Digital Solutions and Technologies and Enhancement of Operational Efficiency in the Energy and Water Sectors”, organized by the General Authority for Water and the Ministry of Oil and Gas in cooperation with Oman Expo “and lasts for 3 days.
The conference was organized under the patronage of Sayyid Kamil bin Fahd bin Mahmoud al- Said, Assistant Secretary General for Cabenit Affairs, in recognition of the Government’s vision to develop energy and water services throughout the Sultanate.
Sayyid Kamil bin Fahd bin Mahmoud al- Said explained that the government attaches importance to the sectors of electricity, water and sanitation and other economic and social sectors.
He said that the conference is a platform for exchanging expertise, technology and recent studies and strengthens the Sultanate’s position in this sector. He also said that it highlights developments in this field and encourages investors inside and outside the Sultanate to invest in this vital sector.
He pointed to the renewable energy sector where it is necessary to focus on it and there is great interest in the exhibition from government agencies, the private sector and foreign companies. He hoped that this conference and exhibition will have a great role and achieve the desired success.
Dr. Ali bin Hamad al- Ghaferi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Conference and Exhibition, said that since the beginning of the blessed Renaissance of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Sultanate has been keen on paying attention to the electricity, water and sanitation sectors for its fundamental role in the development process and it never overlooked in its successive five-year plans and development programs the development of these sectors in line with keeping abreast of all developments that occur in them.
He stressed that the conference in its fifth edition will include a number of seminars during the first two days, with the participation of more than 60 speakers from academics and experts from the Sultanate and abroad. The conference will discuss 60 specialized papers on policies and strategies for work in the energy and water sectors, the restructuring and privatization of these sectors, the Sultanate’s plans to benefit from renewable energy sources and strategies of production and consumption competencies and to develop the necessary specifications and standards.
About the exhibition accompanying the conference, Dr. Ali al-Ghaferi said that the exhibition will include the latest equipment technologies that the world has reached in the fields of energy and water and will be attended by more than 160 local and international companies with an area of up to 6,200 square meters and thus a suitable opportunity for the concerned professionals and workers to know about the new technologies to develop the work areas in these sectors.
Kathrin Goldammer, of Reiner Lemoine Institute, in Berlin, Germany, spoke about the German experience in the transformation of renewable energy, referring to the government and parliamentary plan to reduce dependence on coal taking into consideration the technical and living aspects of families living on jobs in coal plants and maintaining energysecurity and sustainability of a population of over 80 million people.
Eng. Ahmed al- Subhi, Chief Executive Officer of Aqua Power, Chairman of the Technical Committee of conference said that the conference addresses many of the working papers, including the general policy of the state concerned with electric power and that foreign investors want to know the latest developments, especially after the affiliation of the energy sector to the Ministry of Oil and Gas.
He pointed out that the participants will address these developments in addition to the introduction of digital networks that make the difference. The conference will address areas of renewable, solar and wind energy.