Sheikh Khaled, INPEX President discuss collaboration on energy - GulfToday

Sheikh Khaled, INPEX President discuss collaboration on energy


Sheikh Khaled and Takayuki Ueda during the meeting on the sidelines of ADIPEC 2023 in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Sheikh Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has met with Takayuki Ueda, President and CEO of Japanese energy company INPEX, to discuss collaborating further to enhance energy security and advance the energy transition.

They also discussed opportunities to strengthen partnerships and accelerate the development of lower-carbon energy solutions.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of ADIPEC 2023, which is being held at ADNEC and has gathered leaders and experts from across the energy and technology sectors to foster global partnerships and find solutions to rapid decarbonisation while ensuring energy security.

INPEX (which is also the parent company of JODCO) has been a partner of Adnoc’s since 1973, and currently holds onshore and offshore concession agreements. INPEX was also a founding partner in the ICE Futures Abu Dhabi (IFAD) commodities exchange, launched in March 2021.

Also attending the meeting were Dr Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President-Designate; Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Hiroshi Fuji, President and CEO of JODCO; and a number of senior executives from INPEX and JODCO.

Energy Talk: Suhail Bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, participated in the Energy Talk, as part of Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2023.

The session addressed the role of Opec and Opec+ countries in securing energy supply to maintain the market’s future stability.

Al Mazrouei emphasised that the global energy landscape is constantly evolving. External geopolitical factors pose challenges to stability and security of supply, putting greater pressure on Opec and Opec+ countries that control 80.4 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The Minister said: “We believe it is crucial to address eminent challenges and understand the dynamics of the energy market to ensure a stable and sustainable future for the industry. New investments in the sector are much needed to maintain the demand-supply balance at all times.”

He noted that according to an Opec report, in 2022, global oil trade for crude and products was estimated at 53.3 mb/d, slightly higher compared to 2021, but still slightly lower than pre-pandemic volumes of around 56 mb/d.Al Mazrouei added: “The UAE is heavily investing in various sources of energy, including renewables, to diversify its energy mix and ensure long-term sustainability. As part of our Energy Strategy 2050, we will invest up to $54.5 billion by 2030 to meet the country’s increasing demand for energy.”The UAE has been a key player in balancing global energy markets through its commitment to responsible production and export policies. As a reliable supplier, the UAE has consistently met its contractual obligations and contributed to market stability. The country’s local and international strategic storage facilities further enhance its role in ensuring uninterrupted energy supply during times of disruptions.”

“The UAE has developed ambitious plans to diversify its energy sources, promote energy efficiency, and embrace emerging energy technologies. We recently updated the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 and launched the National Hydrogen Strategy to reflect higher climate ambition and commitment to net zero. Furthermore, the UAE has high ambitions for the gas sector. This includes investments in natural gas exploration, production, and infrastructure development to meet the increasing demand and contribute to a greener future.”

Notably, the UAE is developing the Ghasha mega-project, the world’s largest offshore sour gas project, that will play a vital role in meeting the UAE’s goal of gas self-sufficiency by 2030 and the rising demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. It is expected to produce more than 1.5 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day. The Minister emphasised that maintaining a stable global energy market requires collaboration, foresight, and proactive measures.

He said: “At the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) that the UAE will host later this year, the energy transition will be front and centre. We will ensure it is an action-oriented COP that drives progress on and accelerates the global energy transition.”Under the theme ‘Decarbonising. Faster. Together.’ ADIPEC 2023 is taking place from October 2nd to 5th at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. It aims to unite the industry to accelerate urgent, collective, and responsible action to decarbonize quicker and future-proof energy systems.

UAE an attractive destination: Tarek Rizk, President for the Middle East and North Africa at SLB (formerly Schlumberger), said that, with its strategic location, advanced infrastructure and stable political climate, the UAE has always been an attractive destination for foreign investments, especially in the oil and gas sector.

Rizk told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on the sidelines of this year’s edition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC 2023) that “the UAE has managed to enhance its appeal to global energy companies thanks to its commitment to innovation and sustainable energy practices”.

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