A half-day, invitation only workshop that will bring together key players from across the supply chain alongside clients for desalination and wastewater treatment plants. The workshop will act as a neutral ground to determine strategies that deliver the lowest costs through innovation and inspiration rather than desperation and corner cutting. This year’s preconference workshop will look at developing strategies tackling three main issues procurement processes face for mega water projects in the Middle East; Risk Management, Incorporating Innovation, and smoothing the Energy Transition
|12.00 – 12.50||
Registration and Lunch
|12.50 – 13.00||
|13.00 – 15.00||
Increasingly low prices and fierce competition has risk building up in the procurement system more dangerously than ever. High risk is skewed towards developers and contractors making competition unsustainable. This session identifies and discusses five main issues at stake regarding risk management and risk sharing, how can we mitigate risk while keeping all parties involved secure?
|15.00 – 15.25||
|15.30 – 16.30||
Unlike the energy sector, the water sector experiences high barriers to innovation. With strict regulations on implementing new technologies that require high capital costs, innovation is being squeezed out. This session focuses on two main topics to incorporate innovation in desalination and wastewater treatment projects. What can be learned from the energy sector and how can we transfer that to the water sector?
|16.30 – 17.30||
Energy is by far the most substantial cost to consider during the lifetime of a desalination project. Already we are seeing interest in converting thermal desal plants to RO alongside a growing effect of solar power on the cost of desal. This session will focus on developing strategies for the two topics. How can we streamline the energy transition in the water sector?