Abu Dhabi eyes energy sector collaboration opportunities with Russia

Abu Dhabi eyes energy sector collaboration opportunities with Russia
Published: 16 October 2019 - 6:15 a.m.
By: Carla Sertin
On the sidelines of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Abu Dhabi, Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), met with Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak to discuss opportunities for collaboration between the emirate and Russia in conventional and renewable energy.

“The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy is committed to enhancing its regional and international partnerships in order to empower the emirate’s energy sector to achieve its strategic objectives and steer Abu Dhabi towards more efficiency and eco-friendliness,” Al Marar said. “We are confident that the close collaboration between Abu Dhabi and Russia offers added value, boosting DoE’s drive towards achieving its goals.”

The DoE chairman presented a summary of the developments that the sector has witnessed in recent years, highlighting its role in driving and catalysing the energy sector’s transformation, as well as its precautions to ensure supply chain security, and sustainable economic and social development in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

The Russian delegation explored the strategic projects Abu Dhabi has launched in the renewable energy sector, such as the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, Noor Abu Dhabi Solar Power Plant, and the Al Dhafra solar project.

The discussion delved into the logistics of cooperating, exploring how the emirate can benefit from Russia’s capabilities and qualified workforce in the sector to train local professionals and develop their administrative, technical, and operational skills.

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