Abu Dhabi DoE Explores Clean Energy Solutions and Opportunities in Canada

Abu Dhabi DoE Explores Clean Energy Solutions and Opportunities in Canada

/ Renewables / Monday, 27 June 2022 07:36

A delegation from the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) visited Canada to meet with senior government officials and stakeholders in the Canadian energy sector and showcase Abu Dhabi’s experience with promoting energy efficiency and sustainability, in addition to discussing opportunities for collaboration in the fields of energy efficiency and advanced clean energy solutions.

The delegation was headed by DoE Chairman His Excellency Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, and included DoE Undersecretary Ahmed Mohamed Al Rumaithi, along with members from various divisions in the Department.

The delegation’s visit to Canada comes at a time when the UAE is preparing to host the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) next year at Expo City Dubai.

“This visit to Canada is a notable milestone in our efforts, at the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, to develop and implement clean energy solutions using the latest technologies in this field,” said H.E. Eng Awaidha Murshed Al Marar. “It is a major step towards expanding our network of partners and setting the stage for wider collaboration between the Department and various international bodies towards enhancing energy efficiency and promoting clean and renewable energy. It is also an opportunity to develop the sector on sustainable principles.”

Department of Energy delegation led by Eng. Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar in Canada

Day one of the official trip saw H.E. Fahad Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada, join the DoE delegation. The agenda included a visit to the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), where the delegates met with Mollie Johnson, Assistant Deputy Minister for Natural Resources of Canada. Ms. Johnson also gave an overview of current and previous energy efficiency programmes in Canada, lesson learned in that regard, energy efficiency regulations, and Federal Government Strategy to support research and development in the energy sector.

The DoE delegation then went on to visit the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, where they met with the Commission’s Vice-President Peter Elder, and Caroline Ducros, Director General of the Commission and Director of SMR Technologies.

A visit to the Energy Council of Canada offered DoE visitors an overview of the Canadian Energy and Climate 101 programme, and the role that the Council plays. The team also visited the Canadian Nuclear Association, which focused on SMRs.

In Toronto, the delegation met with the Ontario Energy Board and discussed energy market reform and liberalisation, as well as the challenges and solutions that come with that. Following a long day of meetings, including with Independent Electricity system operator and the Ministry of Energy of Ontario, Howard Shearer, CEO of Hitachi Canada, hosted the delegates for dinner. The following day, while still in Toronto, the delegation went on a visit to Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, followed by a tour of the Darlington Nuclear Mock-up Training Facility, and a meeting with Brian Fehrenbach, Director of Business Development at the Organisation of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI).

The visit aims to strengthen collaboration under the memorandum of understanding signed between the DoE and the Ministry of Trade and Export Development for the Province of Saskatchewan in May 2022, which seeks to provide a general framework for cooperation between the two entities on sustainable energy; carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS); hydrogen; SMRs, and research and development to introduce new and innovative technologies.

The trip continued in Regina, Saskatchewan, where the delegation met with high-ranking officials from the Provincial Government. An Energy Innovation Roundtable brought together representatives from the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, Saskatchewan Resources Council, the University of Regina, and the International CCS Knowledge Centre. Each organisation gave a brief overview of their mandate and objectives, moving on to discuss various topics, such as carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS), hydrogen, SMRs, MMRs (Micro Modular Reactors), and other low-carbon opportunities like fuels from waste.

The DoE officials met with Petro Nakutnyy, Director of Operations at the Saskatchewan Resources Council Tour, before concluding with the Government of Saskatchewan Collaboration Dinner, where the delegates were joined by notable officials from the province, including the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier, and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade and Export Development.

A CCUS field tour was on the agenda, with a diversified programme that included the world’s first fully integrated post-combustion CO2 CCS project at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Unit 3 coal-fired plant, the Aquistore CO2 storage project, Whitecap Resource’s carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2 EOR) unit, and finally, a visit to Boundary Dam Power Station Security and a tour of the Carbon Capture Unit.

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