The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).
The agreement was inked at the DoE’s Pavilion during the World Energy Congress currently being held in the UAE capital.
The agreement sets the stage for a strategic partnership between the two entities, one that seeks to support the energy sector in Abu Dhabi to transition towards more efficient consumption practices as the emirate expands its clean and renewable energy offering.
DoE Chairman, HE Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, signed the MoU with Kou Wei, who is Executive Chairman of SGCC.
Commenting on the MoU, HE Al Marar asserted that Abu Dhabi is dedicated to building an advanced energy sector rooted in efficiency, environmental and financial sustainability, and supply security.
“Forging strategic ties with international pioneers in the energy sector boosts Abu Dhabi’s ability to achieve its strategic aspirations, and implement initiatives to transform the sector,” HE said.
“Our strategy in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi relies on sustainable, science-based projects that empower us to fulfil our environmental commitments and ensure economic growth.
“Considering the tremendous success China has achieved in terms of energy technology, we look forward to this new partnership with the State Grid Corporation of China to lay the foundation for further collaborations in the future.”
The agreement outlines both parties’ respective roles in implementing the strategic partnership signed by the leaderships of the two countries in 2018, where the energy sector was a central theme, in addition to economic, commercial, and cultural cooperation, and collaboration to boost technological innovation.
The MoU lays the groundwork for future partnerships where the DoE acts as a catalyst for the energy sector across the emirate, in co-operation with companies owned by the State Grid Corporation of China.
This, in turn, promotes collaboration and the exchange of expertise, in line with initiatives launched in Abu Dhabi to promote energy efficiency, innovation, and a strategic shift towards clean and renewable energy sources.
UAE-China trade and investment ties have undergone tremendous growth in recent years.
Chinese company JinkoSolar Holding was one of two partners working with the Abu Dhabi Government on developing the Noor Abu Dhabi solar power plant, of which the Abu Dhabi Government owns 60%, while the other 40% is owned by JinkoSolar, as well as Japanese company Marubeni Corp.
China’s National Energy Administration had announced that the country will be implementing a series of procedures to promote clean energy, including dedicating vast expanses for solar and wind farms, in an effort to generate 20% of China’s energy needs from non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030.
Wei said the signing of a MoU is a starting point for more joint initiatives.
He added: “With the UAE’s strategic goals and ambitions for the energy sector on one hand, and China’s expertise and advanced technology on the other, there is always room for collaboration among the two countries to achieve their common objectives.”