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Renewable Energy Trade Mission in KSA

Agenda

Day 1: 3 October 2017


9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks and Key Note Presentations

  • Wim Alen, Secretary General, Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA)
  • Oliver Oehms, Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen, German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO)
  • Markus A.W. Hoehner, CEO, Joint Forces for Solar

9:30 am

 

Setting the Scene for the Kingdom’s Renewable Growth Strategy

Understanding KSA's current and future energy needs and why renewable energy is considered an important part of the solution, what other factors are driving the RE program in Saudi Arabia and how does a renewables program fit with the drive for greater energy efficiency and the anticipated growth of the private PPA market?

  • Hamed A. Al-Saggaf, Executive Director, IPP & Renewable Energy Sector, SEC

An explanation of the regulatory framework for solar and wind projects in Saudi Arabia. Is the regulatory regime sufficient to deliver the strategic ambitions and does Saudi have the core regulatory infrastructure and wider physical infrastructure to deliver the targets set?

Moderated by Michelle T. Davies, International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland

  • Hamed A. Al-Saggaf, Executive Director, IPP & Renewable Energy Sector, SEC
  • Dareen Ayyad, Business Development Manager ME, JinkoSolar
  • Suresh Bhaskar, Executive Vice President, ENGIE
  • Roberto de Diego Arozamena, CEO, Energy and Environmental Services, ALJ – Abdul Latif Jameel
  • Andrea Lovato, Executive Director & Head of Business Development for Renewables, ACWA Power

11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am

 

Lessons Learnt – Are There Lessons Saudi Arabia Can Learn from Other Renewable Energy Programs?

What worked and what did not and why and how can Saudi Arabia adapt its approach to optimize on others’ experience.

Moderated by Tim Armsby, Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure – Middle East, Eversheds Sutherland

  • Husam Al Ghailani, Manager - Business Development - Renewable Projects KSA, ACWA Power
  • Bander Allaf, CEO, Khaled Juffali Energy and Utilities
  • Eng. Sabri Asfour, General Manager, FAS Energy
  • Roberto de Diego Arozamena, CEO, Energy and Environmental Services, ALJ – Abdul Latif Jameel
  • Engin Yaman, General Manager Middle East & Africa, Talesun

12:15 pm

Focus on Yield

  • Ali Hamam, Head of Sales for MENA Region, JinkoSolar
  • Kevin Robinson, Technical Manager, JinkoSolar

12:20 pm

Funding Renewable Energy in Saudi Arabia

Will the Saudi Renewable Energy program be local bank or international bank funded? Are the local banks prepared to fund on a fully non-recourse basis?  What will the pricing be in light of the pressure to deliver a low-cost bid price and how attractive will the other terms be?  How will projects be structured and how much will they follow the historic IPP model given the lack of Government equity and the likelihood of local content.

Moderated by Mario Salameh, Partner, Project & Infrastructure Finance, PwC Middle East 

  • Yousef Al Yousefi, Partner, Marco Strategy Advisors
  • Saad Ur-Rehman, Advisor, Structured Finance & Privatization, Banque Saudi Fransi

1:10 pm

Lunch Break

2:30 pm

Some Practical Advice – How to Establish a Renewable Energy Business in the Kingdom and Contract with Third Parties

This session will explain how to establish a company, obtain visas, employ personnel and secure office space. It will also explain the rules around investments, pledging security, bilateral investment treaties and taxes as well as the implications of working within the framework of Sharia Law for renewable energy projects.  It will also explain the licensing requirements and how best to transact with local third parties.

Moderated by Adrian Creed, Legal Advisor General Law, Bracewell

  • Fahad AlDehais, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Ahmed Mohamed Gashlan, CEO, Alkawther
  • Dr. Aymen Grira, Business Unit Manager - MEA Energies, Industries & Utilities, ALTRAN

3:30 pm

Unlock the Full Potential of Your Solar Asset Through Tracker Technology

Tracker architecture is the foundation of any solar asset.  Harsh desert conditions require reliable tracker solutions to survive in its demanding environment.  A dependable wind mitigation system, robust-tested design and cost effective cleaning methodology are key considerations in evaluating tracker technologies that contribute to LCOE.

  • John Milston, Business Development Manager, MENAT Region, Array Technologies, Inc.

3:45 pm

Data Collection & Uncertainty Impact on Energy Assessment

  • Santiago Pares, Business Development Director for Renewable Energy, EMEA- UL

4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:30 pm

Securing Viable Development Assets Through Due Diligence in Site Selection and Grid Access, and Assessing the Risk Mitigation Strategies Required for the Saudi Climatic Environment

Moderated by Nabih Cherradi, CTO, Desert Technologies

  • Abdullah Abunayyan, Head of Business Development, Arabian Qudra
  • Ali Hamam, Head of Sales for MENA Region, JinkoSolar
  • Toufic Hawat, Chief Technical Advisor, Huawei
  • Stephan Padlewski, Regional Marketing Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
  • Mauro Rivola, Deputy Managing Director & Sales Director, Ingeteam

5:20 pm

End of Day 1

7:30 pm

Gala Dinner

Spazio Restaurant at the top of Kingdom Tower, 77th Floor.

Spazio has built its reputation as the place to go for exceptional fine dining in Riyadh, with a unique ambiance which cannot be matched anywhere else in the City. Spazio has become the place to see and be seen!

Day 2: 4 October 2017


9:00 am

The Bid Submission Process – Practical Tips

Becoming increasingly aggressive and the requirements of bid submissions are complex and demanding.  At the same time, the competition is getting smarter and margins smaller.  This presentation will discuss practical, legal and logistical issues that developers face when putting together a bid in such a competitive tender environment.

  • Simon Stevens, Legal Advisor General Law, Bracewell LLP

9:15 am

K.ACARE'S Technology Localization and Commercialization Initiative

K.A.CARE's representatives will describe current programs and upcoming plans for 2018. 

  • Mudhyan ALMudhyan, Project Manager, Sustainable Desalination Project, Technology Localization Department, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE)

9:20 am

Localisation and its Likely Impact

This Panel will discuss the localization requirements and likely impact on project pricing and bankability.  It will also discuss the opportunity for equipment manufacturers and services suppliers and how these can be best utilized without adversely impacting the project model.

Moderated by Moritz Borgmann, Partner, Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory

  • Mohamed Alammawi, VP Head of Sales MENAT, Manz AG
  • Adil Alomair, Renewable Energy Sector. Sr. Manager, CDU, Advanced Electronics Company (AEC)
  • Saleh Al Bedaiwi, Products Development Manager, Al-Babtain Power & Telecom
  • Roberto de Diego Arozamena, CEO, Energy and Environmental Services, ALJ - Abdul Latif Jameel
  • John Milston, Business Development Manager, MENAT Region, Array Technologies, Inc.

10:15 am

The Crucial Role of Materials in Protecting the Longevity of Solar Investments

  • Stephan Padlewski, Regional Marketing Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions

10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:50 am

The Private PPA Market – Will This Be the Next Step in the Saudi Renewable Energy Transition?

This panel will consider the opportunities for private PPAs in Saudi Arabia taking into account market regulatory restrictions, the financially viable offtaker market and the drivers for this growth market including the reduction and gradual removal of diesel subsidiaries.

Moderated by Michelle T. Davies, International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland

  • Osama Al-Othman, Director of Business Development for Saudi Arabia, First Solar
  • Jean-Pascal Boutin, Head of Energy Regulatory, Eversheds Sutherland 
  • Amman Lafayette, CEO, NESMA Renewable Group
  • Augustus Rylands, Chief Investment Officer, Desert Technologies

11:45 am

Rooftop Solar Market in Saudi Arabia: an Overview of the Market and Its Potential

  • Nour Mousa, Chief Executive Officer, Desert Technology

12:00 pm

Rooftop Solar – How Realistic and Substantial is the Opportunity?

This panel will discuss the opportunities for the rooftop solar particularly on governmental and similar buildings. It will also explain the key challenges around regulatory support, building and offtaker viability and maintaining useage flexibility. The panelists will discuss what has worked in other jurisdictions and how these solutions might be applied in The Kingdom.

Moderated by Karel De Winter, CEO, Alsa Solar

  • Hani Balfass, Senior Engineer of PV and Solar Energy, GCC Lab
  • Moritz Borgmann, Partner, Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory
  • Jean-Pascal Boutin, Head of Energy Regulatory, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Kevin Robinson, Technical Manager, JinkoSolar
  • Khaled Sharbatly, CEO and Co-Founder, Icons Shared Energy

1:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:15 pm

The Waad Al Shamal Project: 1,390 MW + 50 MW Solar Combined Cycle

  • Hisham Faisal Alhegelan, Director, Abengoa Saudi Arabia

2:30 pm

Will Saudi Arabia Be the Location for a CSP Renaissance?

Does Saudi Arabia create a more viable CSP opportunity or will the market move towards a battery storage PV/wind solution?

Moderated by Dr. Aymen Grira, Business Unit Manager - MEA Energies, Industries & Utilities, ALTRAN

  • Ayad Al-Amri, Director - Business Development, ACWA Power
  • Wim Alen, Senior Vice President Business Development, ENGIE
  • Philip Hale, Development Director, SOLARRESERVE
  • Xavier Lara, Executive Director, Construction and Services Business Unit, Empresarios Agrupados

3:30 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm

How Will Storage Impact the Saudi Plan?

This Panel will discuss the likely impact of storage on the Saudi renewable energy strategy, the anticipated timing of this, who the key participants are likely to be and whether Saudi is able to take a lead global role in the context of the anticipated global storage and energy transition.

Moderated by Markus A.W. Hoehner, International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA)

  • Rabih Baroud, Regional Manager, SMA
  • Nour Mousa, CEO, Desert Technology
  • Claudio Palmieri, CEO, CLS Energy Consultants DMCC
  • Andrew Renton, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

5:00 pm

Conference Closing


Preliminary programme, version as of September 2017