RIYADH - 17 & 18 APRIL 2017

THE SAUDI ARABIA RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT FORUM

ABOUT THE FORUM

Saudi Arabia has embarked upon a new economic journey, towards diversification and long term prosperity. The Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Investment Forum (SAREIF), will seek to accelerate the Kingdom’s renewable energy deployment program – a key component of economic transformation and Vision 2030. Bringing together leading energy and economic voices from within Saudi Arabia, the first SAREIF will connect the Kingdom’s vast renewable energy investment opportunities with influential business leaders from the worlds of investment, development and academia.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy future is one of the most anticipated in the region, and the world. The inaugural SAREIF will offer you an unrivalled opportunity to:

  • Connect with leaders of policy and business in Saudi Arabia

  • Understand in greater detail, the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program

  • Capture the business opportunities associated with a 9.5GW IPP program

  • Learn about the Kingdom’s vast renewable energy potential

  • Build relationships with Saudi Arabia’s growing EPC and manufacturing value chain

Khalid Al Falih

SPEAKERS

His Excellency, Khalid Al Falih

His Excellency, Khalid Al Falih

Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Dr. Muhammed Al Jasser

His Excellency, Dr. Muhammed Al Jasser

Chairman, Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Hashim Yamani

His Excellency, Dr. Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani

President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE)

Dr. Ernest Moniz

Dr. Ernest Moniz

Former United States Secretary of Energy

Adnan Amin, Director General

His Excellency, Adnan Z. Amin

Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Mohamad Jameel Al Ramahi

Mohamad Jameel Al Ramahi

Chief Executive Officer, Masdar

Ziyad Al Shiha

Eng. Ziyad Bin Mohammed Al-Shiha

President and CEO, Saudi Electricity Company

Turki Al Shehri

Turki Al Shehri

Head of Renewable Energy Project Development Office at The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Investment Forum

PROGRAMME

Monday 17 April

  • 7:30-9:00

  • Arrival, registration and welcome

  • 9.00-9.20

  • Opening ceremony and video introduction to SAREIF

  • 9.20-9.35

  • His Excellency, Khalid Al Falih Speech

  • 9.35-10.15

  • PANEL
    Delivering on the Renewable Energy Promise in the Kingdom

    Saudi Arabia has embarked on a new energy future that involves rapid diversification of the domestic power supply adding solar, wind, geothermal and waste-to-energy to the mix. The Kingdom’s leading figures from across the energy community discuss the National Renewable Energy Program, the integrated energy strategy and next steps of the renewables program.

    Moderated by: Eithne Treanor, OPEC’s official on-air conference and webcast moderator

    • H.E Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
    • H.E Dr. Muhammed Al Jasser, Chairman of The Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA)
    • H.E Dr. Hashim Yamani, President, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE)
    • Dr. Saleh Awaji, Deputy Minister of Electricity
    • Abdulaziz Al-Jodaimi, Senior Vice President, Saudi Aramco
    • Ziyad Al Shiha, CEO of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)

  • 10.15-10.45

  • NETWORKING BREAK
    Local content exhibition, coffee, refreshments, and light snacks

  • 10.50-11.15

  • KEYNOTE SPEECH
    H.E Adnan Amin, Director General of The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

  • 11.15-12.00

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
    Saudi Arabia, a Compelling Investment Story: Fueling the birth of a new industry Vision (Vision 2030)

    In April 2016, Saudi Arabia launched Vision 2030, an innovative roadmap plan for economic and social development, which aims to help the Kingdom in enhancing critical economic indicators such as the 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking by the World Bank which places it in the global top third.

    To celebrate its first year anniversary, it is important to recognise how Vision 2030, through its diverse initiatives and programs, is seeking to ease the business and the investment climate in the Kingdom. It will also recognise the convergence in government policy and regulation to enable the incubation of a new industry – renewable energy.

    Panelists:
    • HRH Saud K. Al-Faisal, (Acting) Governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)
    • H.E. Mohammed Al Tuwaijri, Vice-Minister for Ministry of Economy and Planning
    • H.E Abdullah Al Shehri, Governor of Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA)
    • Nadhmi Al-Nasr, President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

  • 12.15-13.30

  • LUNCH

  • 14.00-14.30

  • FIRESIDE CHAT
    Dr. Ernest Moniz, Former United States Secretary of Energy

    Dr Moniz oversaw and shaped US Energy Policy during a period of unprecedented clean technology investment. Now US policy towards renewables looks uncertain. This fireside chat will explore his views on best practice global policy with regards to renewables, why renewables made sense for the US, how the US built a clean energy industry and his views on long-time ally Saudi Arabia and it’s energy renewable energy transition

    Interviewed by:
    • Eithne Treanor, OPEC’s official on-air conference and webcast moderator

  • 14.30-15.15

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
    Financing Saudi Arabia's renewable energy strategy

    As Saudi Arabia gears up to award its first tenders to produce 700 megawatts of renewable energy, the industry looks set to become a key pillar of private sector investment – supporting the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

    The panel will bring together leading institutional investors, investment commentators as well as representatives from clean energy business and academia to explore and discuss the evolving renewable energy investment story in Saudi Arabia and the world.

    Moderator: Frank Wouters, Director EU-GCC Clean Energy Network
    Panelists

    • Jeannette Smits van Oyen, Head of EMEA Utilities Investment Banking, JP Morgan
    • Roberto de Diego Arozamena, CEO, Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services
    • Suresh Bhaska, Executive Vice president & Member of the Executive Committee for Engie

  • 15.15-16.00

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
    Energizing the Value Chain: Building a new renewable industry in the Kingdom to deliver renewable energy, jobs and expertise

    This discussion will cover lessons learnt from building up a renewable energy sector in a non-traditional environment, and discuss the incubation of a new industry in markets across the world.

    As KSA moves quickly towards building up its renewable energy capacity, the rapid build-up of an integrated supply chain will be essential to ensure that employment, and national expertise is developed over the coming years, in line with Vision 2030. This session brings together leading renewable energy experts who have built supply chains and sectors in many different markets, to share expertise and discuss the most effective way of building the sector on the ground.

    Moderator: Browning Rockwell, Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA)

    • Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Masdar
    • Olivier Fontan, Vice President Global Supply Chain, GE Renewables
    • Turki Al Shehri, Head of Renewable Energy Project Development Office
    • Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and President, ACWA Power

  • 16.00-16.45

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
    Innovation in Clean Technology, Saudi to the World

    Technology and innovation have an important role to play in enabling the energy sector transformation in the Kingdom and promoting a more responsible usage of its resources. As such, the panel will focus on key renewable related technologies being developed, current renewable R&D and testing methodologies available and used in the Kingdom.

    Moderator: Browning Rockwell, Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA)

    • Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Swailem Vice-President for Research Support KACST
    • Cyril Escaravage, Director Solar Middle East, Schneider Electric
    • Dr. Salem Al-Hajraf – Executive Director, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
    • Dr Amro El-Shurafa – Senior Research Associate KAPSARC

  • 16.45-16.50

  • DAY ONE WRAP UP

Tuesday 18 April

  • 08:00–08:30

  • Networking and breakfast

  • 8.30-8.40

  • Welcome back and introduction to day 2 from Master of Ceremonies

  • 08:45-09:30

  • WORKSHOP 1
    INVESTING IN SAUDI ARABIA:
    Hosted by SAGIA

    The Kingdom is changing – ushering in a new set of pro-investment initiatives designed to improve the ease of doing business for foreign investors. As the Kingdom looks to develop a much more prominent role for the private sector within its economy, the role of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, is in the spotlight. Working closely with the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, SAGIA is helping to create a seamless environment for participants in the National Renewable Energy Program.

    During this workshop: International companies will developer a clear understanding of the investment climate in the Kingdom, including any relevant policies and initiatives related to the renewable energy program.

  • 09.30-10.15

  • WORKSHOP 2
    PRE-DEVELOPMENT: PROCESS AND DE-RISKING NREP INVESTMENT
    Hosted by REPDO Pre-development team

    The pre development team are responsible for leading the first stage of each project of the National Renewable Energy Program, namely identifying and securing potential development sites. The aim of the pre-development process and team is to provide certainty to investors and deliver lower project costs in order to minimize the level cost of energy (LCOE). This requires de-risking the project to reduce the proposals cost from the bidders, and ultimately reducing the LCOE.

    During this workshop: The REPDO pre-development team will focus on the role of the pre-development process, and its contribution to the National Renewable Energy Program. It will address the strategy and objectives, project portfolios, site selection criteria, and the process of typical pre-development, followed by a Q&A session.

  • 10:15-10:45

  • NETWORKING BREAK
    Local content exhibition, coffee, refreshments, and light snacks

  • 10.45-11.30

  • WORKSHOP 3
    LOCALIZATION: WHAT IS INVOLVED AND HOW THE KINGDOM MEASURES LOCAL CONTENT

    The NREP is a strategic initiative that serves NTP and, in doing so, serves to catalyze domestic job creation and drive growth in the Kingdom’s non-oil economy. The NREP is committed to domestic job creation, capacity building and localization of the renewable energy value chain. These goals include; incentivizing the private sector to manufacture goods and provide services locally to encourage both public and private sectors to rely on local products and services, raising the local content in the total expenditure of the public and private sectors from 36% to 50%, as well as raising the share of local jobs in the private sector from 19 % to 24% by 2020.

    During this workshop: REPDO will discuss what is involved in localization and the long term local content strategy, followed by a Q&A session.

  • 11.30-12.15

  • WORKSHOP 4
    ePROCUREMENT: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE PORTAL, AND HOW TO SUMBIT QUALIFICATIONS AND PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE ROUNDS OF NREP

    eProcurement at The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) is designed to support one of the highest priorities of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), namely the adherence to best practice in governing Renewable programs; promoting transparency, ensuring adequate level of competitiveness, fairness of the tendering process & eliminating potential conflicts of interest. The eProcurement portal ensures that all participants have the same level of access to information and the ability to communicate with REPDO directly, guaranteeing the utmost transparency.

    During this workshop: REPDO will offer insight into the strategy behind the development of the eProcurement portal, challenges faced and the road ahead, followed by a Q&A session.

  • 12:15-12:20

  • Master of Ceremonies closes workshops / directs delegates to lunch and exhibitions

  • 12.20-14.00

  • LUNCH and EXHIBITION NETWORKING Exhibition, Activating local content

    Delegates encouraged to enjoy lunch and explore the exhibition building contacts with local suppliers and developing their understanding of the Kingdom’s current capabilities

  • 14.00

  • CLOSE OF EVENT
    Option for closing remarks from hosts

Workshop presentations

National Program

THE NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM

The National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) is a strategic initiative under Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) that aims to substantially increase the share of renewable energy capacity in the total energy mix within the Kingdom to 9.5 GW by 2023. The program sets out a systematic and targeted road map to rapidly diversify the domestic power supply, catalyze economic development and support long-term prosperity in line with Vision 2030’s goals which include creating a new renewable industry and support the buildup of this promising sector.

The Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Investment Forum

THE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE (REPDO)

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) is an office within the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and serves to deliver renewable energy across the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030. The REPDO reports to a committee, chaired by H.E. the Minister that is tasked with overseeing the delivery of the NREP. The committee brings together heads of the various Kingdom stakeholders involved in energy research, measurement, data acquisition, regulation and predevelopment including, King Abdallah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA), Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh

THE VENUE

Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh

The Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre is a stylish business and leisure destination located high in the Kingdom Tower, one of Saudi Arabia's most spectacular properties. Occupying the 30th to 50th floors of the Kingdom Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre has 274 spacious guest rooms for you to choose from, including 37 luxury suites. Each room is light and airy and equally suited to work or relaxation.

Directions to the hotel are available here.

VISAS

A visa is required to enter KSA except for GCC Nationals (citizens) from Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and UAE.

The team will provide you with visa support, should you need assistance.

REGISTER

REGISTRATIONS NOW CLOSED

Contact

CONTACT

For any further information, please contact

For Inquires please call +966 1126 14777 or email guestrelations@sareif.org

For Media Enquiries: press_repdo@meim.gov.sa