30 April- 02 May 2018 Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman
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Conference Agenda

08:00 Registration & Networking

09:00 Conference Inaugration by Chief Guest
H.E. Sultan bin Salim bin Said Al Habsi, Secretary General, Supreme Council for Planning

09:05 Inauguration speech

09:15 Keynote speech:Restructuring energy subsidies – An exclusive presentation from Turkey
  • Developing and implementing effective, sustainable energy subsidy reform programs that protect the poor from the impact of higher energy prices
  • Increasing public awareness of the importance of subsidy cut through an integrated campaign
  • Discussing the policy changes and subsidy alterations
  • Benefits of liberalization
Mehmet Erturk, Vice President, Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey (EMRA)

09:35 Handing appreciation trophy for the chief guest
H.E. Sultan bin Salim bin Said Al Habsi, Secretary General, Supreme Council for Planning

09:50-10:55 Exhibition inauguration and tour

Session 1:Updates on policy and regulation

10:55 Session chairman’s opening remarks

11:00 GCC Interconnection Super Grid; Launch Pad of GCC Energy Power Market
  • The concept of electrical integration between GCC member states; requirements and goals
  • Developments phases of electrical interconnection and associated benefits
  • Insights to legal and organizational frameworks in GCC interconnection authority
  • GCCIA roles in developing reginal power markets
Hashim Al Zahrani, Head of Interconnection Control Center, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)
11:15 Presenting the OETC Master Plan – An exclusive insight from Oman Electricity Transmission Company SAOC (OETC)
  • Providing update on the projects executed in line with the Master Plan so far and showcasing the upcoming projects
  • Focusing on the development of the 400kV system backbone and the ongoing assessment of the 400kV MIS-Duqm-PDO-Dhofar interconnection project.
Dr Adil Al Busaidi, Senior Manager of Asset Management & Planning, Oman Electricity Transmission Company
Hisham Abdullah Al Riyami, Manager of Network Planning, Oman Electricity Transmission Company
11:30 Restructuring the water and wastewater sector in Oman
  • How are water and wastewater infrastructure and services currently delivered in Oman?
  • How well is the sector performing and where could improvements be made?
  • How is the Government determining the best new structure? - What decisions have been made?
  • What are the main issues and challenges?
  • What possible structures are being considered?
  • What are the implications for private sector participation in the sector?
  • What is the current status of the restructuring studies?
  • What happens next?
Keith Stallard, Executive Manager, Water Sector Restructuring, Nama Holding
11:45 Presenting the strategic projects and Water Demand versus Production
Abdulhakeem Amur Al Dhuhli, Senior Master Planning Engineer,The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) Joost Vermeij, Senior Master Planning Manager,The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW)
12:00 Restructuring MRBC Service for the Water& Electricity Sector in Oman
Mahmoud Jallad, Customer Service Improvement Program Manager,Nama Holding
12:15 Increasing the Potential for Competition in Oman’s Power Generation Market
Hilal Al Abdali, Contracts & Spot Market Director, Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP)

12:30 Interactive panel session: Investing in energy efficiency: Regulatory challenges and opportunities

12:45 Networking coffee break

Session 2:Planning, Operation and Maintenance for power and water

13:25 Session chairman’s opening remarks
13:30 Presenting a case study of a Reliability Assessment on a plant’s rotating equipment
  • Explanation of the customer problem, the condition-based monitoring methodology applied, root-cause analysis performed, and the implementation plan of the recommendations for improvements
  • Discussing of the benefits (ROI) realized by the customer as a result of implementing these recommendations
Francesco Gasparri, General Manager - Integrated Solutions Operations – EMA, Flowserve
13:45 Digital services – transformation of the power generation sector; opportunities and challenges in the Middle East
Ziad Al Sati, Executive Vice President Controls & Digitalization Power Generation Services Division, Siemens Middle East
14:15 Efficiency in the Operation and Maintenance of Water and Wastewater facilities
Jose Miguel Santos Gonzalez, Country Manager - UAE & Qatar, Aqualia MACE, L.L.C.
14:30 Oracle Internet of Things
  • Gaining new data-driven insights and driving actions from IoT by connecting, analyzing and integrating device data into your business processes and applications, enabling your business to deliver innovative new services faster and with less risk
  • Digital Technologies Are Changing the Way People Live, Work and Interact
  • Internet of Things Overview
  • Internet of Things Use Cases
Hisham Galal, IoT Cloud Champion – Gulf, Oracle Middle East Corporation
14:45 Commercial Applications of GE’s 7HA and 9HA Gas Turbines
Marcus Scholz, Technical Director, Advanced Combined Cycles, GE Power
15:00 Leakage control, Operation & Maintenance performance
Yousef Al Siyabi, Operation Performance Expert, The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW)
15:15 Interactive panel session: Powering Oman: Considerations, challenges & opportunities of repairs & maintenance in the Sultanate
  • Oman power industry overview: Drivers of growth, current players and vital state regulations
  • Why will maintenance, repairs and overhauls (MRO) be essential for powering the nation in future? Profiling Oman’s current maintenance industry and highlighting future challenges
Marcus Scholz, Technical Director, Advanced Combined Cycles, GE Power
15:30 Chairman’s closing remarks
15:35 Networking lunch and end of conference day one

08:00 Registration & Networking

08:50 Dr. Rashid Al-Abri, Assistant Professor - Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University

Session 3:Renewable Energy

09:00 Energy Saving in Streetlights: A Case Study in Muscat Governorate
Rashid Said AlAbri, Sultan Qaboos University
Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi, Director- The Renewable Energy Strategic Research Program, The Research Council
ZiadAlzudjali, Muscat Municipality
09:15 Understanding the initiative and developments from PDO on renewable energy - Solar Power Project At MAF Parking Lot.
  • Presenting the Solar Power Project At MAF parking lot, the project history and background, project facts
  • Contractual setup and vendor selection
  • Evaluating the key learning from the project
Mohammed Al Busaidi, Power Support Engineer, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)
09:30 Reviewing the future of electric sector in Oman: Renewable Energy as a vital and a strategic solution
  • Understanding the challenges that the electricity sector faces in generation planning due to its limited resources of fossils materials in the country
  • Analysing the benefits and challenges in the development of Renewable Energy in Oman
Hamed Al Maghderi, Country Director – Oman, ENGIE
09:45 Learning from a CSP Developer – Understanding the challenges and lessons learned: Advantages of CSP over PV
Dr. Andrea Lovato, Executive Director & Global Head of Renewable Development - Business Development, ACWA Power
10:00 Sustainable Solutions for Oman's Conventional Energy Sector
Karim Mousa, Regional Business Development Manager, Siemens Middle East
10:15 How will global trends affect the energy mix in OMAN
Brendan Cronin, Head of Management Consulting - Middle East, Pöyry

10:30Renewable Energy, Microgrids, and Demand Control in Smart Grid
Dr. Nasser Hosseinzadeh, Head of Department, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University

10:45 Presenting the Middle East Solar Outlook Report
Gurmeet Kaur, Marketing & Communication Director, Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA)

11:00 Interactive panel session: Achieving Oman’s long-term goals in developing a secure and sustainable energy mix
  • Outlining perspectives on the potential of Oman’s energy landscape that can be realized across wind, solar, bioenergy, hydro and geothermal
  • Financing renewable energy projects in Oman: Understanding the frameworks, mechanisms, regulations and opportunities
  • Delivering the 2040 energy targets – how to support Oman’s growth plan
  • Developing a diverse portfolio of generating assets: what are the opportunities for wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal
  • Managing future price volatility, subsidies and customer expectations
  • Endorsing renewable energy as an essential and strategic part of the energy-mix for the Sultanate
  • How can technical challenges in developing renewable sources, such as grid capacity and energy output predictions, be improved, and what needs to be overcome to achieve this?
  • Renewable Energy contribution to job creation, growth and long-term prosperity on regional level
11:15 Morning networking break and exhibition tour

Session 4:Power and Water Research Technologies

12:05 Session chairman’s opening remarks
12:15 The online net monitoring solution- Leak Monitoring
Anton Rienmüller, Technical director, VAG
12:30 Presenting Smart Metering Roadmap
  • AMI Roadmap fundamental for successful project implementation
  • Testing Mechanism to ensure meeting utility objectives and mitigating any risks during mass-rollout implementation
  • Key challenges for successful deployment of an integrated, interoperable, and secure metering system
Hisham Aboulhosn, Manager - Consulting and Engineering Department, Near East Engineering and Development Services (NEEDS)
12:45 Evaluation of corrosion of water supply networks using Ryznar index (RI) a case study in villages south of Damavand modeling software with GIS
Haeri Yazdi Susan, Process and Environmental Engineering Coordinator, Monenco Iran Consulting Engineers
13:00 New methods for offline PD Diagnosis on MV cable systems
Daniel Salathe, Area Sales Manager, Megger

13:15 Discussing the onsite generation process, technical data of the water quality improvements and the operational savings that mixed oxidants provides the utilities – A technical case study
Mike Botros, P.Eng., PMP, Senior Applications Engineer, MIOX USA

13:30 Understanding the benefits of Fault Current Limiters
Vikas Dabeer, Director - Business Development, Applied Materials Inc

13:45 Networking break

Session 5:Energising Waste in the Sultanate – Waste-to-energy (WtE)

14:10 Session chairman’s opening remarks

Senior Representative, be’ah
14:15 Advanced treatment of landfill leachate. Case Study: Al Bashaer-Oman
Dr. Kenan Güney, Project Engineer, WEHRLE Umwelt GmbH

14:30 Biogas as a potential for renewable energy in Oman
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector, German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech)

14:45 Interactive panel session: Growing Strong: Energy Recovery and Business Development in the Next 25 Years
  • What is the outlook for waste-to-energy in the Sultanate?
  • What are the most pressing WTE challenges and how are they being addressed?
  • What new WtE projects are on the horizon in the Sultanate?
  • Understanding the policies that support waste-to-energy?
  • What economic dynamics support implementation of new waste conversion technologies?
  • What messages are successful in gaining public acceptance for a waste-to-energy facility?
  • Learning how energy recovery enhances an organization’s sustainability?

Senior Representative, be’ah
Dr. Kenan Güney, Project Engineer, WEHRLE Umwelt GmbH
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector, German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech)

15:00 Chairman’s closing remarks

15:10 Lunch and end of conference

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