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AGENDA
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8:00
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
09:00
Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks
Keynote address: Esam Al Mulla, Manager, SEWA
Overview of the water landscape in the MENA region
09:10
Keynote address: SWCC’s 2030 vision and upcoming desalination projects

  • Road to 2030: SWCC’s agenda on sustainable desalination
  • An overview on the upcoming desalination plants to be delivered by 2022 in KSA

H.E. Eng. Abdullah Nasser Alzowaid, Deputy Governor for Operation and Maintenance, SWCC

09:30
Replacing aged infrastructure through enhanced asset finance

  • Replace existing aged infrastructure, through sophisticated refinance and technology modelling
  • Deployment of cost effective solutions that would meet future demand

Julius Steyn, CEO, Osmotek

09:50
Executive panel discussion: MENA 2050: Promoting effective stewardship of water resources

  • The role of PPPs: Buffering costs for mega desalination projects
  • By 2050, the water demand gap is projected to grow fivefold. How can we promote a more conscious usage of water in the region?
  • Augmentation of water supplies: reducing unsustainable groundwater mining in the region

H.E. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mahrouqi, Chairman, DIAM
H.E. Eng. Abdullah Nasser Alzowaid, Deputy Governor for Operation and Maintenance, SWCC
Eng. Jamal Shadid, Director of Policy Development, Department of Energy
Iqbal Al Tayar, Director of Technical Supervision Department, Ministry of Electricity and Water
Dr. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab, Head of R&D, Holding Co. for Water and Wastewater
Esam Al Mulla, Manager, SEWA

10:35
Excellence in Sustainability Award Ceremony
10:40
Where plastic piping system solutions in desalination plants make the big difference

  • Prevention of corrosion and cracking: state of the art designs for new projects and for retrofits in existing plants
  • Safety with double contained piping system solutions

Adrian Schwyzer, Global Market Segment Manager Water Treatment, Georg Fischer

11:10
SWRO Energy Efficiency: Paradigm shift in design and optimization of SWRO plants using GCC seawater conditions

  • Change in optimization methodology and operational strategy required to achieve proposed record low specific energy consumption of RO.
  • Solar-assisted desalination plants already a reality

Thomas Altmann, VP – Technology & Innovation, ACWA Power

11:30
EPC Contractors briefing: an overview of different desalination technologies

  • Addressing benefits and challenges of different desalination methods: Reverse Osmosis VS Thermal Desalination
  • Hybrid energy supply models: evaluating the effectiveness of renewable energy powered technologies

Thomas Altmann, VP – Technology & Innovation, ACWA Power
Julio De La Rosa Jurado, ME Business Development Director, Acciona Agua
Rolf Keil, Project Development Manager, Besix
Miguel Angel Sanz, Director of Strategic Development, GDF Suez
Antonio Moreno, Regional Director, Abengoa
Julius Steyn, CEO Osmotek
Javier Diaz, KSA Manager, Aqualia

12:10
Coffee break and networking
12:30
Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) as powerful protection against algal attacks

  • Impact and monitoring of harmful algal blooms (HAB)
  • DAF as suitable pre-treatment
  • Challenges and solutions in modern DAF design

Dr Peter Kerschberger, Applications Manager, KWI International

12:50
Exclusive project showcase of the Al Khobar SWRO 210 MLD desalination plant in KSA

  • Detailed design improvement allowing an easier OM and lower specific consumption
  • Footprint optimization of facility
  • Coordination of execution activities to optimize schedule for construction

Julio De La Rosa Jurado, ME Business Development Director, Acciona Agua
Jesus Ortiz Mingo, Regional BD Manager, Acciona Agua

13:15
Industry panel discussion: Risk mitigation through stakeholder management planning

  • Projects stakeholders identification and engagement
  • Risk mitigation through stakeholder management: local communities challenges, regulatory challenges, crisis management
  • Internal stakeholders: ensuring effective cross department collaboration

Imteyaz Ahmad, ME Head of Desalination, WSP
Titia De Mes, Technical Lead, Stantec
Maruan ElKhattabi, ME Director, GS Inima Environment
Antonio Ardigo’, General Manager (KSA), Fisia Italimpianti
Valter Caccia, CEO, Barka Desalination Company

14:00
Sustainable water development in the region: Ideas and initiatives
Corrado Sommariva, CEO & Founder, SWPC
14:05
Networking Lunch & End of Day 1
8:00
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
09:00
Keynote address:
AbdulAziz Al Obaidli, VP UAE & GCC & India, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa)
Desalination plant construction
09:10
Keynote address: HCWW’s 2030 water desalination roadmap and opportunities in Egypt

    • Embedding sustainability in the 2030 agenda: creating a sustainable future for the desalination domain in Egypt
    • An overview of the upcoming desalination plants to be delivered by 2030: seizing opportunities in the market

Dr. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab, Head of R&D, Holding Co. for Water and Wastewater
Dr. Hosam Shawky, Director Egyptian Desalination Research Center of Excellence, Desert Research Center

09:40
Integrated Ultrafiltration (i-UF): beyond the current UF boundaries

  • Improving UF system features whilst maintaining highest permeate quality standards
  • Opening new scenarios for UF applications and changing the rules of systems’ operation

Pedro Otegui, CEO, FLUYTEC Filtration Technologies

10:10
Keynote address: Current desalination opportunities in Kuwait presented by the Ministry of Electricity & Water

  • Striving for sustainability: Ministerial efforts to deliver the 2030 strategy
  • A showcase on upcoming desalination projects in the country

Iqbal Al Tayar, Director of Technical Supervision Department, Ministry of Electricity and Water

10:40
Advanced DAF technology in seawater treatment

  • Different cases of floatation in the seawater pre-treatment
  • Advanced DAF technology: improvement & innovation on conventional floatation

Jose Manuel Salutregui, CEO, Tecexsa

11:00
Panel discussion: IWP v’s EPC – practical differences for contractors

  • Background to IWP models
  • RFP requirements for IWP projects
  • Forms of construction contracts
  • Forms of O&M contracts

Keith Bullen, Partner – Project Development & Finance, DLA Piper
Imteyaz Ahmad, ME Head of Desalination, WSP
Francois-Xavier Basselot, Client Director Engineering, Design and Project Management,Atkins
Lu’ay Khdeir, Water Sector Leader, MottMacdonald

11:45
Osmotically assisted reverse osmosis technology for enhanced desalination recovery and brine concentration
Dr. Basel Abusharkh, CEO, Hyrec
12:10
Coffee break and networking
Operations and maintenance
12:30
Renewable energy desalination options for the UAE

Mohammad El Ramahi, Director of Asset Management and Technical Services, MASDAR
13:00
A MENA outlook on current state of water desalination infrastructure

  • Achieving the 6th Sustainable Development Goal: ensuring water access and mitigating water scarcity in the region
  • Latest developments in reducing the environmental impact and carbon footprint of desalination projects

Dr Amgad Elmahdi, Head of MENA Region, International Water Management Institute
Mohit Sibal, VP – Head of Water, Sharpoorji Pallonji
Peter Scott, Chairman, PDSI Group
Dr. Mohamed Dawoud, Manager Water Resources, Department Environment Agency Abu Dhabi
Kartik Balasubramaniam, Head of Engineering and Technical Support Group, ENGIE
Mohammad El Ramahi, Director of Asset Management and Technical Services, MASDAR

13:45
Chairman closing remarks
14:00
Networking Lunch & End of Day 2