Posted on November 26, 2013

Being held under the esteemed patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada (pictured), the Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, the 5th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit, a remarkable –gathering of regional and global experts and stakeholders of district cooling has opened at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, Qatar.

The summit which is being supported by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) was inaugurated by Kahramaa’s President HE Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al- Kuwari after a brief welcome note from the event organizer and an opening remarks from the Chairman of the summit, Mr. George Berbari, Chief Executive Officer of DC Pro Engineering - UAE, amidst the presence of senior functionaries of participating companies and over 300 delegates and exhibitors.

The annual event is being organized by Fleming Gulf, one of the leading providers of business intelligence through industry specific conferences, webinars and skills enhancement training courses.

Characterized by three heavily packed days of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and a site visit, over 400 participants and delegates comprising high ranking companies’ officials and technology experts from across 20 countries will mark their presence at the summit until the 28th of November, the concluding day of the event.

Soon after and serving as a preview to the high level of reports, dialogues and abundant exchanges of vital information on the latest design, technologies and applications of district cooling that are expected to dominate the conference, top officials from key endorsers of the event delivered extremely valuable keynote speeches on the first day of the event.

These top officials included Dr. Mishan Al Otaibi, Assistant Undersecretary of Planning and Training, Ministry of Electricity and Water, State of Kuwait – who spoke about Kuwait’s future plans for applying cogeneration and district cooling; Mr.  Ahmad M. Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer, EMPOWER, UAE and Eng. Montazar Al Muhalhal, Executive Director for Strategy and Planning, National Water Company, KSA – who made a presentation about ‘Treated Sewage Effluent’s (TSE) added value in district cooling’.

In his presentation, Eng. Al Muhalhal also discussed about the Saudi government’s support for Initiatives that preserve water, as well as the country’s success stories in using TSE in district cooling around the Kingdom such as at the Holy Mosque in Makkah and Madinah, as well as at the King Abdullah Financial district information technology and communication complex project.

Following the keynote speeches, Guest of Honor, H.E. Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, President of Kahramaa, visited the exhibition stalls put up by leading district cooling solutions specialists.

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Session 1 ended on a high note with a ‘CEO & DISTRICT COOLING LEADERS PANEL’ under the theme ‘Smart Leaders - What‘s the strategy?’. Conducted by Mr. Berbari acting as its moderator, the distinguished panel of speakers included Mr. Ahmad M. Bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) , UAE; Dr. Mishan Al Otaibi, Assistant Undersecretary of Planning and Training Ministry of Electricity and Water, State of Kuwait; Mr. Ahmad Abdulla Ali Al-Abdulla, Deputy CEO of Barwa Real Estate Group; Eng. Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Sada, Manager, District Cooling Services Department of Kahramaa; Dr. R Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, State of Qatar; and Mr. Khalil Issa, Managing Director of ADC Energy Systems, UAE.

During the panel discussion, these officials exchanged views and insights about subsidizing energy for efficient District Cooling, the feasibility of Combined Power, Fresh Water, and Cool Tri-Generation in the GCC, the current status of district cooling in Qatar and how it is viewed from developers, utilities and end user perspective, and the development of a sustainable action plan.

Session 2 of the first day had the theme ‘District Cooling regulations, practice codes & technology focus’ and was highlighted by an Executive Panel discussion on the ‘Code of practice for District Cooling in GCC’.

The day continued with a case study presentation delivered by Khalil Issa, Managing Director of ADC Energy Systems, UAE and Christophe Maquet, Chief Executive Officer of Dalkia Utilities (Middle East) on ‘The successful execution of District Cooling Projects : Saadiyat Island case study’. Their presentations were centered on District Cooling Project Structure: Advantages of long term solutions (BOOT, DBO); Project Delivery Method: Various contractual frameworks; Value Engineering: Technical considerations; Construction Challenges: Permitting, regulations etc.; and the benefits for all stakeholders (such as end-users, master developers, district cooling providers, and EPC contractor).

Meanwhile, at the fourth and final session of the first day, an Executive Panel on Power Security through District-Cooling-based Energy Conservation was conducted. The expert panel included Sultan Al Khuraissi, Director of Buildings Department of the Royal Commission of Jubail, KSA; Dr Saud Abdul Ghani, Head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of Qatar University, State of Qatar; Reed Phillips, Projects Director of Marafeq Qatar; and Jim Phene, Director, Business Development of LAKOS Separators and Filtration Systems, USA.

Capping the first day of the summit, an evening cocktail reception was also held for all delegates and participants, sponsored by Siemens.

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