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ESB International at the World Utilities Congress 2022 in Abu Dhabi

ESB International at the World Utilities Congress 2022 in Abu Dhabi 


The inaugural edition of the World Utilities Congress 2022 will take place from the 9th to the 11th of May in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi. ESB International is honoured to be both exhibiting and presenting at the event.  

The Congress, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Committee and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, and hosted by TAQA, focuses on the latest products, innovations and technology across the global utility landscape.  

Over the three days, the Congress will provide a powerful, global networking and knowledge exchange platform drawing together ministers, global leaders and key power and water industry stakeholders to discuss the business-critical needs as well as to network and identify new solutions and opportunities.  

The event will showcase the sector’s central role in transitioning to a new era for sustainable energy and water, and industry leaders will share insights and strategies on digital transformations and building resilient low-carbon business models for utilities.  

In addition to the exhibition, the Congress will feature a technical conference which will provide a diverse range of technical and engineering insights that will drive innovative ideas, help overcome challenges and highlight technical expertise. ESB International is delighted to be represented by two of our experts at the technical conference.

Dr John Rafferty, Oman Country Manager, will be co-chairing two sessions at the conference: 

  • Decarbonisation and Environmental Sustainability in the Power and Water Industry
  • Smart Meter Case Studies

Mr Jack Herring will be presenting on:

  • Monitoring and analysis of MV/LV transformers and active system management enabling a low carbon future in Ireland

Click here to view the full technical conference programme. 

Find us at the Congress:  

Stand 630

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Our Team At The Conference

Dr John Rafferty, Oman Country Manager 

Dr John Rafferty is a Clean Energy Technology and Energy Efficiency Consultant with extensive experience in the energy industry, including roles in international consultancy, project delivery, R&D and strategic policy development for ESB Group, Ireland's largest electricity utility.    

Much like Ireland, Oman and the GCC members are seeking to move further towards the utilisation of clean energy solutions. Before his current role, John provided specialist energy services to enable both the Commercial and Industrial business area and the wider ESB Group to realise opportunities in areas such as: delivering increased renewable generation, improving energy efficiency and supporting decarbonisation. 


    Mr. Jack Herring, Digital Asset Specialist

    Mr. Jack Herring is a Digital Asset Specialist working in Transmission & Distribution Engineering in ESB. Jack’s expertise is in applying data analytics techniques on electrical asset data to improve decision making throughout the lifecycle of the asset.

    Jack has a Bachelors (BEng) in Energy Engineering from University College Cork and a Masters (MSc) in Data Analytics from University College Dublin. 

    The experience ESB International brings as a utility-based consultancy to our parent company ESB, which is transitioning to a low-carbon energy future based on clean, reliable, affordable electricity, lends itself perfectly to further collaboration and knowledge sharing in the region.

    About Us

    ESB International are a leading global energy engineering consultancy established in 1975. For five decades, from our Dublin Headquarters, we have delivered international capital and transformational projects in over 120 countries around the world. 

    We also have a 46-year legacy in transmission and distribution in the Middle East with 100 people based in our Bahrain hub which is in operation since 1976. We have been involved in a long list of network and distribution projects in the country and are still heavily involved in many major energy projects in the Kingdom. 

    In Oman we are working with policymakers and leaders in the country who implement independent power producers (IPPs), de-centralisation and a spot price market. We are currently embedded in the fabric of this diversification on a range of consultancy services ranging from technical advisory to strategic advisory across the full energy value chain from generation to transmission. 

    ESB International has particular experience in the following areas: 

    • Renewable business of scale: Wind, solar, biomass and tidal 
    • Transmission & Distribution: Networks up to 400 kV 
    • Smart Energy networks including grids and metering 
    • Hydro: Pumped Storage 
    • Gas Turbine: CCGT and OCGT technologies and asset management 
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