ABU DHABI, Nov 11— Suhail bin Mohammed FarajFaris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy said that the demand for power in the UAE will exceed to 40,000 megawatts by 2020 at a growing rate of 9 percent annually, pointing out that rate average is three times of the international energy demand average.
He made his remarks today on the occasion of the opening of New Nuclear International Conference (NNIC), which is hosted by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal from November 11-14.
The conference will bring together nuclear energy leaders from more than 40 countries to discuss the opportunities for new and developing nuclear energy programs around the world, exploring all aspects of the nuclear energy lifecycle.
Earlier during the day, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that his country has a peaceful nuclear program and his government will not enrich uranium.
“The UAE has a nuclear program, which is peaceful, transparent and witnesses acceptance and international partnership and we are not going to enrich uranium,” Al Nahyan said while addressing a joint press conference with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The minister said that relations between the UAE and the United States were “at their best”, and that the current visit to Abu Dhabi by Kerry was evidence of the strength of the relationship.—Wam/IANS