ABU DHABI: Lebanon actively participated in the World Energy Congress 2019, in the lead up to "launching its tenders in electricity, oil and gas and renewable energy," Energy Minister Nada Boustani told Annahar.
Held in a Middle Eastern country and Arab country for the first time since its establishment 94 years ago, WEC’s 24th edition took place at Abu Dhabi's National Exhibition Center.
Annahar interviewed Lebanon's Energy Minister Nada Boustani at Hall 9, where Lebanon looked fully ready to invite everyone to its World Energy Week from October 5 to October 9, 2020.
“Our objective of being at WEC24 is to meet more than 70 ministers, (officials from) 150 counties, and hold important discussions with many key people at the World Energy Congress, “ Al Boustani said.
“We've learned a lot from the Congress so far,” Boustani said, hoping that “the Lebanese will participate (in the upcoming World Energy Week) and see the importance of events happening in our country.”
What is WEC?
The triennial World Energy Congress is the World Energy Council’s global flagship event offering a unique platform for global energy leaders to explore new energy futures, critical innovation areas, and new strategies.
It is hosted by the United Arab Emirates in 2019, under the theme “Energy for Prosperity”. Throughout four days, the 24th World Energy Congress leads delegates through an interactive program designed and developed to address the most critical issues facing the global energy industry today.
Some highlights from the 24th edition of the Congress include the presence of the internationally renowned: Titan the Robot, which was featured on SENAAT’s stand.
The robot informed the audience about SENAAT; one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies, mandated by the Abu Dhabi Government to create, optimize, promote and champion capital- intensive assets.
It moved between the company's stands, defining 4 of its subsidiaries and their contributions to Abu Dhabi's energy sector.
Another highlight is also the presence of a capsule Hyperloop, in which people entered and listened to an explanation on the video screen inside it.
The Hyperloop, which is now being developed in a number of countries to facilitate high-speed transportation, will be finalized at the end of 2020 in the UAE, allowing people to move from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 12 minutes.
The hyperloop project in the UAE will cost $6 billion to complete the 150km distance, costing around $40 million per kilometer.
Expo 2020 is present with Virtual Reality (VR glasses) available for the audience to experience how the expo will look like, virtually.
A special stand was also present to the market for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, which will take place from 6 to 10 December 2020 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
The center plans to provide the largest WPC exhibition space in Congress history.
China's huge presence at WEC was also remarkable, with numerous MoUs signed with both Governmental and non-governmental bodies, marking a big leap for the bilateral relations of the country since Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi's visit to China last July.
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