SEWA, GE Discuss Support to Vision 2020 and UAE Energy Plan 2050

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Published March 14th, 2018 - 11:45 GMT
The meeting was attended by Rashid Obeid Jumaa Lim, John Flanery, Alex Dimitreev, Nabil Habayeb, Dalia Al Muthanna and Ghassan Barghout.
The meeting was attended by Rashid Obeid Jumaa Lim, John Flanery, Alex Dimitreev, Nabil Habayeb, Dalia Al Muthanna and Ghassan Barghout.

Senior officials of the Sharjah Water & Electricity Authority (SEWA) hosted a high-level delegation from GE (NYSE: GE) to discuss potential projects to strengthen Sharjah’s power sector. The initiatives are in line with SEWA’s Vision 2020, aimed at driving a culture of innovation and sustainability in line with the UAE Energy Plan 2050 to cut carbon dioxide emissions, increase clean energy and strengthen energy efficiency.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Rashid AlLeem Chairman of SEWA; John Flannery, Chairman & CEO of GE; Alex Dimitrief, President & CEO of GE’s Global Growth Organization; Nabil Habayeb, President & CEO for GE Middle East, North Africa & Turkey; Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna, President & CEO of GE Gulf; and Ghassan Barghout, President & CEO for GE’s Gas Power Systems business in the Middle East & North Africa.

Dr. Rashid AlLeem of SEWA said: “At SEWA, we are committed to achieving world-class standards in all aspects of our operations to deliver reliable and high-quality electricity, water and natural gas to serve as the growth engine of the economy. GE Power is a world leader in innovative technologies for the power sector, and our discussions with the organization’s senior leadership focused on initiatives that can enhance the efficiency, flexibility, reliability and sustainability of our services, to ensure the continuous optimization of our operations for the benefit of the people of Sharjah.”

Ghassan Barghout of GE said: “GE has supported SEWA in its efforts to power Sharjah for over 35 years, and we are committed to helping the organization meet its goals under Vision 2020 and beyond. Our leading portfolio of advanced solutions for the power sector, digital capabilities and strong local presence enable us to understand SEWA’s requirements and bring the most appropriate industry-leading innovations to support their needs. We look forward to collaborating with SEWA in their efforts to support Sharjah’s socio-economic development by meeting the emirate’s growing energy demand.”

GE’s Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna added: “The UAE has been a pioneer both in the region and globally in setting bold goals that lay the foundation for a secure and sustainable energy future. By actively adopting new innovation in the areas of power generation, distribution and transmission, SEWA is a key player in driving the country’s energy agenda forward and pushing the boundary of possibilities further ahead. GE’s advanced solutions that span across various fuel sources and the entire energy ecosystem offer an excellent fit for SEWA and we discussed several powerful ideas and initiatives to help strengthen Sharjah’s power sector.”

More than 20 GE heavy duty gas turbines equip SEWA’s power generation and desalination facilities across Sharjah, Khorfakkan and Kalba today, capable of generating up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

GE has a growing footprint in the region’s power sector with its digital industrial solutions and record-setting H-class technology transforming power sector efficiency and flexibility.

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GE provides knowledge, capacity building and training to empower the region’s workforce. Thirty percent of the Middle East and North Africa’s population is between the ages of 15 and 29. In the UAE, we’re partnering with the Mubadala Development Company to build local capacity by empowering local talent through trainings at our Leadership Acceleration for Business (LAB) initiative.

With 76 nationalities working in the region, GE proudly fosters diversity in the workforce. To accelerate the advancement of women, the Women’s Network, an affinity network at GE, creates opportunities for female employees to cultivate their leadership and business skills. GE is not just watching as the region realizes its future; we’re partnering to help build it.

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