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ADIPEC Breakfast Seminar

  • 16 Nov 2021
  • 07:30 - 09:30
  • ANDAZ Capital Gate
  • 3


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The BeNeLux Business Council, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UAE and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency / Invest in Holland have the pleasure to invite you to an ADIPEC Breakfast Meeting. You will hear an update on the energy landscape by our 2 international renowned speakers: Mr Frank Wouters for the situation in the Middle East, and Mr. Martijn Coopman for Europe and more particularly The Netherlands.

Mr. Frank Wouters is Chairman of the MENA Hydrogen Alliance, Senior Vice-President Energy Transition at Reliance Industries and Director EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network.

Frank Wouters has been leading renewable energy businesses, projects, transactions and technology development for more than 30 years. He has played a lead role in the development of projects valued at over $4.5 billion. His transactions have received multiple project finance “Deal of the Year” awards and in 2020 he was runner-up “Hydrogen Economist of the Year” by the Petroleum Economist. As Deputy-Director General of the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) Frank managed a US$350 million project facility for RE. 

While the world leaders search for solutions to reduce carbon emissions, hydrogen increasingly appears to be the clean energy source  to consider for the future.  Frank will explain how the GCC, is ideally placed to develop, produce and export green hydrogen. 

Mr Martijn Coopman, Program Manager Energy Transition, based in Rotterdam. 

Martijn Coopman has more than 25 years of experience in the development and management of ports and offshore terminals. Martijn has a mechanical engineering background, majored inport logistics and has gained experience in all facets of ports, including operations, shipping and development including design, financing, partnering, environmental procedures and stakeholder management. Martijn set up a new regional Business Unit for a Dutch port consultant in South East Asia to become regional market leader within 10 years. He then led 2 largescale port infrastructure projects from Feasibility stage up to FID in Myanmar (the new deepsea port of the country) and Rotterdam (Carbon Capture and Storage project Porthos). His latest role is as Program Manager International Hydrogen Supplychains at the Port of Rotterdam, focusing on accelerating development of Imports of Hydrogen to the future Hydrogen hub of Europe.

Europe aims to be net zero in 2050. This is an enormous challenge that requires new forms of energy, infrastructure and intelligent use of existing networks. How are Europe and the Netherlands taking action? It is expected that (green) hydrogen will be a game changer in the energy transition. Future hydrogen flows to three main demand centers: greater California, greater China and Europe. Large volumes of hydrogen may be produced in Middle East and exported to Europe. How is the Netherlands positioning itself as ‘the hydrogen hub’ of Europe? The Port of Rotterdam has been the Energy Hub for decades. What are current and planned projects?

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