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2024 Middle East and Africa Forum on Carbon Capture and Storage

31st May 2024

On 30 April, the Global CCS Institute hosted the flagship 2024 Middle East and Africa (MEA) CCS Forum in Muscat, Oman, which took place during Oman Sustainability Week.

The all-day event will saw around 100+ attendees from across the Middle East and Africa Region and beyond, and featured speakers from both the public and private sector. Organised in close partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and PDO, the forum drove CCS conversations forward, ensuring policy, industry and academic stakeholders in Oman – as well as the general public – had the opportunity to participate in relevant CCS discussions.

The forum will featured four sessions touching on a range of relevant topics tied to the MEA region. See below for a recording of the sessions held at the MEA CCS Forum.


Opening Remarks - H.E Mohsin Al Hadrami, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy and Minerals

Presentation | An Overview of the Global Status of CCS - Dr Mohammad Abu Zahra, Head of MEA Region, Global CCS Institute


Panel | CCS in Oman - Present and Future

  • Martin Jagger, General Manager, WeConnect Energy (moderator)
  • Dr. Firas Al Abduwant, Director General, Oman's Ministry of Energy and Minerals
  • Mohammed Shuayli, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Ali Mohammadi, Head of Network and Business Development, OQGN
  • Bernardene Smith, Principal - Policy, Regulation and Commercial, Global CCS Institute

Panel | International and Regional CCS Projects – Lessons Learned

  • Maryem El Farsaoui, BDE Lead - MEA Region (moderator)
  • Karina Veloso, Project Manager, Development Projects, Climeworks
  • Jamy Zakharia, Energy Transition Business Development Manager, Petrofac
  • Karen Khimji, Chief Commercial Officir, 44.01


Panel Discussion | CCS Policy Development, Incentivising Projects and Navigating the Carbon Market

  • Evgeniya Mitchell, Business Develoment Director - Middle East, Kent (moderator)
  • Majed Abdul Rahman Bin Nasser Al Osailan, CEO, City Cement
  • Mosa Mabuza, CEO, Council for Geoscience
  • Nahla Abid Gribaa, Vice President, Strategy, Sales and Marketing Communications, Middle East, Caspian and Africa, Bureau Veritas
  • Subhendu Biswas, Director - Climate Action and Regulations, Global Carbon Council

Fireside Chat – Project Development & CCS Finance

  • Nicolas Thevenot, Chief Banking Officer, Arab Energy Fund
  • Mark Sisouw de Zilwa, Manager Director - Head Technical Team, ING



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