Annual Middle East Cooling Summit kicks off in Doha
Doha: Under the patronage of H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, the 5th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit, a gathering of regional and global experts and stakeholders of district cooling, opened at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha. The summit which is being supported by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) was inaugurated by Kahramaa’s President Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari. 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 company officials and technology experts from across 20 countries are participating in the summits which ends tomorrow. 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 keynote speeches on the first day of the event. They included Dr Mishan Al Otaibi, Assistant Undersecretary of Planning and Training, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait, who spoke about Kuwait’s future plans for applying cogeneration and district cooling; Ahmad M bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer, Empower, UAE, and Engineer Montazar Al Muhalhal, Executive Director for Strategy and Planning, National Water Company, Saudi, who made a presentation about ‘Treated Sewage Effluent’s (TSE) added value in district cooling’. Engineer 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. A panel session under the theme ‘Smart Leaders - What’s the strategy? discussed 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. Another session on ‘District Cooling regulations, practice codes & technology focus’ shed light on code of practice for district cooling in GCC.