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POWER-GEN Middle East & WaterWorld Middle East Gain Momentum With an Impressive Line up of Top Speakers and Companies

Preparations are in full swing for POWER-GEN Middle East and WaterWorld Middle East 2013 in the final count down for what promises to be an action packed conference and exhibition at Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha from 4-6 February as announced at the event’s latest press conference headed up by speakers Mr. Rashid Naser Al-Hajre, Public Relations & Shareholders Manager, QEWC, Mr. Remy Rowhani, Director General, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mrs. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, International Events Director Middle East, PennWell Corporation and Mr. Tom Freyberg, Conference Director, WaterWorld Middle East, PennWell Corporation.

Organised by PennWell in partnership with Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) and Ashghal as Platinum Sponsors, the event will kick off with the Joint Opening Keynote Ceremony led by H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry on 4 February followed by an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and opening of the exhibition floor.

His Excellency will be joined by other keynote speakers Mr. Fahad Hamad Al-Mohannadi, General Manager, Qatar Electricity and Water Company, H.E. Mohamed Bin Twar, Vice-President, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mrs, Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, International Events Director, PennWell Corporation Middle East and Mr. Timm Dower, Group Publisher, Water & Waste Group, PennWell Corporation, USA.

All up, the event hosts an impressive line up of more than 120 eminent international chairs and speakers and over 100 exhibitors from 20 countries. Regional and international perspectives about topical power and water issues and opportunities for future growth and development will be presented along with new and innovative solutions using pioneering technology to overcome the financial, resource and environmental challenges facing today’s power and water industry.

The power sector in the GCC region has seen exponential growth ranging from 10 to 15% annually in many of its member states, with demand for electrical power to triple over the next 25 years. Similarly, the water industry is expected to be worth $70bn over the next ten years. Such developments in the power and water sectors of the GCC countries underline the fact that the region is not only one of the fastest growing but also holds the most potential of global electricity and water markets.

Mrs. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, International Events Director, PennWell Corporation – Middle East said, “Over the years the event has grown in size and stature and is now recognized as the principle meeting place for delivering a formidable conference programme that tackles head on important strategic management and technical issues concerning the power generation business in the GCC and wider Middle East region. Together, POWER-GEN Middle East and WaterWorld Middle East will continue to grow significantly as the region's leading event in the power generation and water industries.”

Highlights of the event include POWER-GEN Middle East’s Keynote Session to be chaired by Hisham Khatib, Honorary Vice Chairman, World Energy Council, Jordan with presentations including an Overview of the Power Industry in the Middle East and SEC Generation Projects Plan 2012-2022 (Growth & Opportunities) followed by Kurdistan Region Iraq Electricity Situation – Feb 2013

WaterWorld Middle East will also feature a spotlight session, Country Spotlights. This session will discuss amongst others, Qatar’s Inner Doha Re-Sewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS), An Overview of Jordan’s Water Sector, Spotlights on Wastewater Sector in Iraq and Desalination Developments Across the Middle East.

Sessions worth highlighting include POWER-GEN Middle East’s panel discussion Challenges and Opportunities for Power Project Development. The session features panelists H.E. Dr. Abdullah M. Al-Shehri, Governor, Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA), Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fahad Al-Mohannadi, General Manager, SEC, Saudi Arabia and a senior representative from the Arab Countries and Water Utilities.

Similarly, WaterWorld’s Panel Debate, Desalination’s Changing Landscape- Thermal to RO will include presentations by panelists, Clemens Wolters, Frans Knops, Herve Fajour, Nick Oatridge, Rahul Sardeshpande and Rami Abu Amirah.

Other POWER-GEN strategic sessions will expand on GCC Interconnection: Promoting Power Trade and Renewable Integration with presentations including Maximising Today’s Grid Potential and Tomorrow’s Alternatives, Nuclear Power in the Middle East and Integrating Renewable Generation into the MENA Energy Mix. These hot topics will look at a smart road to sustainable energy future and opportunities and challenges of nuclear energy in the Middle East as well as the future role of solar energy in the Middle East and how can CSP and PV enter the markets amongst others.

Sessions that are likely to attract great interest in the WaterWorld Middle East programme include Privatisation Progress, Water Resource Management, Desalination Operational Challenges and Utility Management.

WaterWorld Middle East Conference Director, Tom Freyberg said, “The WaterWorld Middle East event will enable participants to learn about future opportunities and take advantage of the promising market dynamics as forecasters predict a total of 39 million cubic metres per day of desalination capacity to be added between 2010 and 2020 in the Middle East region alone.”

Aside from the conference, the dual exhibition has see a multitude of pioneering power and water technologies on display by leading players such as Qatar Electricity & Water Company, ABB, Alstom, Ansaldo Energia, Badger Meter Europa GmpH, Dooson Heavy Industries & Construction, FATA EPC Division of FATA sPA, General Electric, METITIO (OVERSEAS) LTD, PROTEC, SWAN SYSTEME AG and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies.

Admission to the exhibition is free to all visitors of the event.

In addition to the conference and exhibition, we are delighted to present two technical tours - Ras Abu Fontas Power & Desalination Plant and Qatar Science & Technology Park. These tours will provide a rare chance for delegates to obtain rare behind-the-scenes view of some of some Qatar’s leading plant and research facilities. Registration for the Ras Abu Fontas Power & Desalination Plant tour is closed however delegates still have until Monday 28 January to register for the QSTP tour which is also filling fast due to popular demand

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Editors Notes:
PennWell Corporation is a highly diversified, business-to-business media company providing authoritative print and online publications, conferences and exhibitions, research, databases, online exchanges and information products to strategic global markets.

Since 1910 PennWell has been known for providing comprehensive coverage of several strategic markets. In those early days, PennWell was a pioneer in the emerging oil industry with Oil & Gas Journal magazine, founded in 1902.

Today PennWell publishes 45 business-to-business magazines and newsletters, conducts over 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, directories and database services.

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