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Demand for electricity in UAE to exceed 40,000 megawatts by 2020, says Minister of Energy - update -
2013-11-11 20:56:02
WAM ABU DHABI, 11th November, 2013 (WAM) -- Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy said that the demand for power in the UAE will exceed to 40,000 megawatts by 2020 at a growing rate of 9 percent annually, pointing out that rate average is three times of the international energy demand average.

He made his remarks today on the occasion of the opening of New Nuclear International Conference (NNIC), which is hosted by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal from November 11-14. The The conference will bring together nuclear energy leaders from more than 40 countries to discuss the opportunities for new and developing nuclear energy programmes around the world, exploring all aspects of the nuclear energy lifecycle.

The minister said the UAE's drive towards nuclear energy was like other world economies to address challenges of energy security and sustainability.

To address the challenges of global warming and climate change, the minister said the UAE has diversified its mix energy and introduced advanced, environmental-friendly technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

''When completed by 2020, the four nuclear plants will help the UAE to generate safe, clean and environmental-friendly energy,'' he said.

Mohamed Al Hammadi Chief Executive Officer of ENEC, told delegates of 80 countries that :''Nations around the globe are approaching a new phase of economic and social growth. To power this growth, energy policy makers must work in close collaboration with energy utilities and regulators to ensure the provision of safe, reliable and affordable baseload electricity.

''The general consensus is that all energy generation technologies are required if the world wants to continue to power its growth. However, when it comes to achieving higher quotas of energy security and sustainability, the fact is that there are only two sources of electricity that can provide clean baseload electricity: hydro power and nuclear energy.

''The electricity, heating and cooling generation sector is the highest greenhouse gas-emitting sector in the world. It produces 25% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. It therefore requires clean ways to produce substantial amounts energy in order to improve its track record and provide a more sustainable way to generate electricity to power nations across the world.

Nuclear energy provides an instrumental solution to solve the complexity of providing safe, reliable and efficient electricity to responsible nations.

''I recently attended the World Energy Congress and had the opportunity to meet with the world's energy leaders. It was encouraging to see that nuclear energy has managed to provide strong arguments when it comes to its renewed culture of safety. This is reflected in the fact that countries around the world are announcing that they are considering peaceful nuclear energy programs or that they are renewing their nuclear fleet with the construction of new and improved nuclear energy plants. As a result of this, more than 70 new nuclear energy plants are being constructed in 14 countries and more than 40 responsible nations are considering commencing nuclear energy programs,'' he noted.

''The nuclear energy sector has also made significant improvements in the efficiency of the construction of power plants while continuing to comply with strict safety and security regulations. In the case of the U.A.E. peaceful nuclear energy program, modular construction, intelligent and efficient management and a close collaboration between the project owner and its prime contractor have been key in keeping the project on time and on budget.'' Over the next four days, delegates will have the unique opportunity to learn the latest updates and lessons learned from some of the leading experts in the nuclear energy field: from construction to spent fuel management.

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