Abu Dhabi inks 5-year deal with Colombia for energy sector growth

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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H.E Jaime Amin Hernández & H.E Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Al Rumaithi at MoU signing ceremony

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia.

The agreement aims to explore opportunities for collaboration on capability development and sharing of knowledge and information, supporting joint projects and initiatives, and promoting the development of bilateral scientific, technical, technological, administrative, and commercial cooperation in the field of energy.

The MoU was signed in the presence of DoE Undersecretary H.E. Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Al Rumaithi, and H.E. Jaime Amin Hernández, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Colombia in UAE, who signed on behalf of the Colombian Minister of Energy and Mines, H.E. Diego Mesa, along with officials from both entities.

Ahmed Mohammed Belajer Al Rumaithi
Ahmed Mohammed Al Rumaithi
Undersecretary – Abu Dhabi DoE

“We are delighted to cooperate with the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy and to start a new chapter in our partnership. The energy sector is in constant need of more expertise in order to embrace advanced energy technologies, upgrade the sector’s infrastructure, and provide it with trained professionals, capable of achieving all of our strategic goals. We look forward to cooperating with the Ministry for the benefit of both parties, and to build on our combined experiences to create a model for cooperation in the energy sector.”

Under the MoU, the two entities will invest in energy areas including production, use, and storage of hydrogen, large-scale non-conventional renewable energy, project development in the areas of hydrogen, geothermal, onshore and offshore wind energy, solar, biomass, and other clean energy technologies.

H.E Diego Mesa said that “Colombia currently bets on energy transition as the means to achieve and guarantee a reliable, self-sufficient and resilient energy matrix. We recognized it as a shared goal with  UAE and therefore, decided to establish a strategic alliance between the Ministry and the DoE that will allow us to complement and promote the efforts of both nations to rapidly deploy non-conventional renewable energies, develop low-carbon technologies, and tackle and reverse the effects of climate change.”

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