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KUWAIT - Green Economy

Jorge J. Perez Garcia

Country Manager, TSK Electronica Y Electricidad S.A.

Bio

Jorge J. Perez Garcia has been in the utility sector for more than 20 years, leading all the parts of a power plant project, from concept, engineering, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance. He started working in renewable energy in the US in the first modern concentrated solar power plants built. Currently, he is Country Manager for TSK Kuwait. He is vice-president and co-founder of the Spanish Business Council in Kuwait and a member and participant of World Economic Forum and Chatham House.

"Jorge J. Perez Garcia has been in the utility sector for more than 20 years, leading all the parts of a power plant project, from concept, engineering, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance. He started working in renewable energy in the US in the first modern concentrated solar power plants built. Currently, he is Country Manager for TSK Kuwait. He is vice-president and co-founder of the Spanish Business Council in Kuwait and a member and participant of World Economic Forum and Chatham House."
TBY talks to Jorge J. Perez Garcia, Country Manager of TSK Electronica Y Electricidad S.A., about priorities for the near future.
How did TSK enter the country, and what can you tell us about the international participation in Kuwait?

TSK opened a Branch in Kuwait in April 2016, through Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) in line with the company’s objectives. Thanks to KDIPA, our experience in Kuwait has been successful and positive. The best part of being partners with KDIPA is our ability to maintain our mode of operations with its support. As an international company with highly qualified personnel, we have found it useful to conduct our work in the manner we would always do, without interruptions and influence of external agents. We collaborate with KDIPA in order to transfer technology to Kuwait, which will help the country become more renewable-agile in the future. Kuwait has great potential due to the local talent, especially between the youth population that is well prepared and highly educated. We are collaborating in expanding their skills and abilities with trainings and a real work experience in a multinational company, and these Kuwaiti engineers and professionals are playing a major role in our local projects. We are working on a multicultural project with collaborators from 14 different countries that have enriched our practice, giving us the opportunity to learn from others’ perspectives and experiences.

What are TSK’s priorities for the near future regarding the MENA region?

Greenhouse emissions from the MENA region increased at a rapid pace in the last decade because of the economic development, construction boom, high demand for oil, and the heavy reliance on oil for power generation. The projected slowdown over the next several decades reflects the regional government’s efforts to decarbonize the economy by expanding the role of natural gas and renewables in the energy mix. Particularly, in 2015 the emissions per capita in Kuwait was 21.1 tons of CO2, among the world’s highest, and the country has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions and set a goal of using more renewable energy by 2030. TSK can help Kuwait and the rest of the region to achieve this goal in collaborating in the success of projects like Shagaya Renewable Energy Park (SREP).

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