The Secretary of Energy of the United States, Rick Perry, visited Saudi Arabia, where he met with his counterpart Khalid Al Falih to find ways to improve relations between the two countries in the field of energy. Both signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for mutually beneficial cooperation in the area of research on clean fossil fuels and carbon management.
“This MOU delineates a future alliance not only in supercritical carbon dioxide, but also in a range of clean fossil fuels and carbon management opportunities. Jointly, through the development of clean energy technologies, our two countries can lead the world in the promotion of economic growth and the production of energy in an environmentally responsible manner, ” the Secretary of Energy of the United States, Rick Perry explained.
Khalid Al Falih, for his part, noted that this Memorandum “underlines the leadership role” of Saudi Arabia on an international scale to advance in clean energy technological innovation. “It also highlights the Ministry’s commitment to maintain its national contributions to improve clean energy technologies that would enable sustainable development in line with Saudi Vision 2030, the national economic diversification plan, and fulfill its responsibilities as a global producer and exporter of energy, “he said.
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Al Falih also pointed out that to achieve the objective described in the Memorandum of Understanding, the two countries are willing to exchange the work of experts, engineers and scientists, as well as facilitating the transfer of technology. It will also encourage the organization of joint seminars and workshops, as well as visits by experts to facilities, such as research laboratories, institutes and industrial sites, a statement from the United States Government explains.
The MOU covers many technical fields in this regard, including supercritical carbon dioxide energy cycles (sCO2); carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS); chemical loop and oxy-combustion; The energy-water nexus, as well as other areas of mutual interest related to clean fossil fuels and carbon management.