ACWA Power concludes high-profile participation at WETEX 2018


His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the ACWA Power platform during the opening ceremony

ACWA Power, a global leader in water desalination and power generation, successfully wrapped up its presence at the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2018) that took place from 23-25 October in Dubai, UAE. During the event, Ishaq Al Hammadi, General Manager, ACWA Power UAE and Abdulhameed Al Muhaidib, Executive Managing Director, Noor Energy 1, of ACWA Power escorted His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance on a tour of the company platform to showcase the displayed projects.

Over the three-day event, ACWA Power highlighted a number of its key renewable and desalination projects that reinforced its position as a leading sustainability enabler in the region, complementing the theme of WETEX 2018, ‘At the forefront of sustainability.’

Ishaq Al Hammadi, General Manager, ACWA Power UAE expressed his gratitude to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for organising an annual forum where the region’s industry leaders can gather to share insights into upcoming trends and challenges. 

Ishaq Al Hammadi
ACWA Power is at the heart of the changing energy landscape and we are committed to collaborating with our partners and stakeholders to influence meaningful and sustainable impact on the industry, people and communities and the environment. Our presence during this prestigious event showcased the work we are currently doing in this sphere as well as outlined our goals for the future of sustainability.
Ishaq Al Hammadi

The company also delivered a strong message regarding investment in youth and talent in the sector. Ahmed Al Sudais, VP of Human Capital, at ACWA Power, participated in a panel discussion “Building Human Capital for the Clean Energy Sector,” with fellow industry leaders, to share his insights on training and education needed to address the growing talent requirements to operate and drive the industry.

In addition, ACWA Power experts were invited to conduct a range of industry-related seminars over the course of the event.

Javier Lopez Carvajal - Renewable Energy Director, discussed the importance of energy storage while Meriem Bellizim Business Development Senior Manager at ACWA Power spoke on unlocking the potential of CSP in the MENA region and the role of the DEWA CSP Phase IV project in the industry. Thomas Altmann Vice President of Innovation and Water Technology at ACWA Power elaborated on the importance of low carbon desalination and Jose Barragan Jimenez, Executive Manager – CSP shared details on the Noor Energy 1 plant and the technology and optimisation behind its planning.

Trainees from The Higher Institute for Water and Power Technologies (HIWPT) also attended the event to share their learning and training experience with visitors to the ACWA Power platform. HIWPT is an ACWA Power funded corporate social responsibility initiative, which aims to equip young Saudi nationals with the skills needed to enter power generation and water desalination fields.

ACWA Power was Diamond Sponsor for WETEX 2018.

WETEX showed the latest solutions in conventional and renewable energy, water, sustainability, and conservation. It is a platform for companies to meet decision-makers, investors, buyers and interested to highlight technologies, discuss challenges and forge partnerships. Last year, WETEX attracted 31,000 visitors from around the globe.