United Arab Emirates: 11 French companies are taking part in the Middle East Energy exhibition from March 7 to 9, 2022. Bringing together more than 800 exhibitors and thousands of visitors, specifiers, experts from all over the world, this major energy meeting in the MENA region will welcome 11 companies to the France Pavilion organized by Business France.

With a legacy of over 45 years, Middle East Energy has become one of the premier energy industry events in the region. The health crisis has not reduced the desire of companies in the French electricity sector to participate in major electrification projects and meet the energy challenges of tomorrow in the territory. The 11 French companies, all experts in energy storage, equipment and applications, electricity transport and distribution, network protection products, systems and lighting, will offer innovative, high-performance and competitive solutions to the territory. The MEE will also be an opportunity for French companies to discover new market demand, share their valuable sectoral knowledge and develop new areas of activity and strengthen existing ones.

The MENA region, a hub of opportunities for French companies

Countries in the MENA region are currently investing heavily in improving their electricity infrastructure and building new power lines, in order to secure supply and meet the growing demand for electricity from their burgeoning economies and populations. This includes the development of HDVC (High Voltage Direct Current) interconnection projects, such as connecting Egypt to the GCC interconnected networks, or connecting Saudi Arabia to North Africa, and Egypt to the Iraq via Jordan. The strategic importance of energy cooperation between the countries of the Middle East and North Africa has therefore never been greater. France, through its expertise in the construction of new smart infrastructures, the integration of renewable energies into the grid and the storage of energy, has a definite role to play in helping the MENA region to achieve its low carbon objectives. In addition, the in-depth knowledge of French equipment manufacturers in the electrification of unconnected and isolated sites, with adapted off-grid/microgrid solutions, responds to the specificities of the territory.

Along with the announcement that the United Arab Emirates will host COP28 in 2023, French companies are keen to introduce new solutions and systems to support the energy transition, provide cleaner energy and provide sustainable energy.

Opportunities won by France in the region:

  • A consortium made up of EDF, KEPCO and Kyushu Electric Power Co has just signed a $3.6 billion strategic electricity transmission contract, alongside ADNOC and TAQA, to develop and operate a high voltage direct current submarine transmission (HVDC-VSC), a first in the world. the Middle East and North Africa region. This project will reduce ADNOC’s offshore carbon footprint by more than 30% and contribute to the UAE’s net zero carbon goals (Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative).

The consortium, which will hold a combined 40% interest in the project, will develop and operate the 3.2 gigawatt transmission system alongside ADNOC and TAQA over a 35-year period. Work is expected to begin this year, with commercial operations scheduled for 2025.

  • Engie and Masdar (the fastest growing renewable energy player in the world) have signed a strategic alliance to co-develop a green hydrogen hub in the United Arab Emirates. These two companies seek to deploy projects with a capacity of at least 2 GW by 2030, for a total investment in the region of 5 billion US dollars.
  • The Cherbourg-based company CERAP Prévention, an expert in risk prevention in the nuclear sector, has won a major contract, via its subsidiary NüSAM, to support Nawah Energy Company, a subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), during scheduled outages of the Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates.

The French electrical industry, a dynamic sector

France is the leading exporter of electricity and the leading country in terms of investment in Smart Grids in Europe

  • France is the 9th largest electricity producer in the world
  • EDF and ENGIE are among the Top 5 of the largest electricity producers in the world
  • France is the world’s 7th largest exporter of electrical equipment, with 20.4 billion euros in 2018. In 2024, this amount should increase to 25 billion euros.
  • The electricity sector employed a workforce of 600,000 people at the end of 2018, including 300,000 people in electrical systems. It is a net creator of jobs
  • France has diversified know-how and solutions in this sector of activity, with internationally recognized flagships (eg: RTE, EDF, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC). It also benefits from significant R&D and innovation capabilities. French companies operate at all levels of the value chain, whether they are electrical and telecom network operators, engineers, integrators, equipment manufacturers, equipment manufacturers or ICT companies.
  • The sector has more than 8,500 companies, including large groups, ETIs, SMEs and VSEs. These companies produce, transport or distribute carbon-free electricity. They provide electrical and digital technologies, integrated services and solutions for industry, construction, mobility, cities and regions.
  • These assets enable France to have one of the best qualities of electrical energy supply and very high-level electrical equipment.

FRENCH EXHIBITORS AT MEE

CABLE EQUIPMENT

Specialist in CABLE HANDLING SOLUTIONS (winding, unwinding, measuring, storing, cutting), AUTOMATIC CABLE REELS and CABLE PROTECTORS.

CITEL: Manufacturer of surge arresters against transient overvoltages

We offer a wide range of surge protectors adapted to each application: AC, Solar, LED Lighting, Telecom/Data.

DEPAGNE: DEPAGNE, the French specialist in metering protection, public lighting equipment and intelligent distribution terminals for marinas.

INFOSEC

Infosec UPS System is a French manufacturer active in GCC since 2002, a key player in electrical energy and security for 30 years.

LANCIER SAS designs and manufactures equipment for transporting and pulling telecommunications and electrical cables as well as all accessories

NILED: NILED manufactures and markets in France and worldwide accessories for low voltage electricity distribution networks

OBSTA: Manufacturer of obstacle lights for any type of obstacle to air navigation

We offer complete solutions for transmission lines, high-rise buildings, telecom towers and chimneys.

RS ISOLSEC: Designed to control LV MV & LV on HV measurement transformers. High performance and harsh conditions. Measure, with class

SAFT: Saft specializes in high-tech battery solutions for industry, from design and development to production

SEDIVER: A global expert in overhead line insulation with tempered glass insulators and over 75 years of experience.

SERMES offers electrical solutions in 4 areas: Cables & wires, motors & drives, electrical systems and lighting

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ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE:

Business France is the national support agency for the international development of the French economy, responsible for promoting the growth of exports by French companies, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes French companies, the image of the company and the national attractiveness as a place of investment, and also manages the VIE international internship program.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact:
Yasmina OUARI
Press Officer – Middle East
Email: [email protected]