U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and UAE Minister of Energy Al Mazrouei co-chaired the meeting to move forward joint cooperative efforts for expanded cooperation related to development and trade in conventional and unconventional oil, gas and coal, including liquefied natural gas; and technologies related to carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); civil nuclear energy; and energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Secretary Perry and Minister Al Mazrouei also highlighted the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) to take place in Abu Dhabi on December 6, 2017. The Secretary on behalf of the U.S. and the Minister for the UAE signed a memorandum of understanding renewing the two parties’ commitment to the Strategic Energy Dialogue.
During the dialogue, the U.S. Department of Energy and UAE’s Ministry of Energy discussed the importance of addressing energy security challenges through public and private sector partnerships and investment to support the development and deployment of all forms of energy and technologies, as well as mutual bilateral and multilateral initiatives.
The participants launched a new work stream under the dialogue devoted to an information exchange related to clean coal component of the UAE Energy Strategy. The two ministers noted that the growing U.S. LNG exports could provide an option for an additional source of gas supply to the region.
The dialogue also emphasized U.S. cooperation with the emerging civilian nuclear power sector in the UAE and the commitment of both nations to development safe, secure and responsible nuclear power in compliance with international agreements and commitments in coordination with the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation. Secretary Perry and Minister Al Mazrouei also recognized the cooperative work with Masdar on energy-efficient water desalination pilot plants and with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on the first Solar Decathlon Middle East to take place in November 2018 in Dubai.
At the conclusion of the dialogue, both Secretary Perry and Minister Al Mazrouei agreed that the strategic energy dialogue between the two countries is crucial for further energy cooperation and represents a key element of the broader U.S.-UAE partnership. Secretary Perry offered to host the next dialogue in Washington, DC in 2018.