Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy, Dubravka Đedović and the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, Suhail Al-Mazrouei, have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation on hydrogen development and continued cooperation in the field of renewable energy sources (RES).
At the meeting between the two sides, it was noted that cooperation between Serbia and the United Arab Emirates in the field of energy is on an upward trajectory, with the “next step” in improving cooperation being the exchange of experience, professional and technical knowledge in the use of hydrogen as an energy source.
“Hydrogen is the energy of the future, which will enable cleaner energy with less impact on the environment,” said Minister Đedović. “The UAE has the knowledge, developed technologies and companies that, based on the friendly relations between our two countries and the leaders of President Aleksandar Vučić and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, are already operating in Serbia in the field of RES and can be significant partners for us in the further development of RES, but also green and blue hydrogen as a new energy source in our energy system.”
The Serbian Energy Minister emphasised that making use of the potential of RES is an important instrument in increasing Serbia’s energy security, as well as achieving the vision of climate neutrality.
“The most significant result of the cooperation between Serbia and the UAE so far is the wind park Čibuk 1, which produces green energy that can supply 113,000 households,” continued the Minister.
The Minister also said that the construction of Čibuk 2 with a capacity of 150 megawatts (MW) will begin this year. In addition, she said that companies from the UAE are also interested in projects in the field of solar energy.
Minister Al-Mazrouei pointed out that UAE’s relations rest on the “fraternal” relationship between the leaders of the UAE and Serbia, which is “based on sincere friendship”. During the meeting, Minister Al-Mazrouei introduced Minister Đedović to the nuclear and RES capacities developed by the UAE, as well as future plans for the development of energy infrastructure.