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Keeping Pace With The Middle East’s Economic Expansion

POWER-GEN Middle East 2009 will see gathering of the power and water industry

eTN Staff Writer  Jan 20, 2009

With just a few weeks before the opening of POWER-GEN Middle East, final preparations are being made to receive the power and water industry experts and professionals of the Middle East at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre from February 17-19, 2009.

POWER-GEN Middle East is the region’s premier conference and exhibition for the power generation, as well as transmission, distribution, and water industries and is expected to be well attended by those wanting to update their knowledge and skills and see the latest industry developments and technologies.

An excellent line-up of speakers and industry professionals will deliver presentations on a range of topics and subjects covering the power and water industries, including spotlights on countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, and Bahrain. A keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Fatih Birol, chief economist of the Paris-based International Energy Agency.

The conference offers three tracks discussing strategic power, technical power, and water industry-related topics. A special plenary panel session will bring together industry experts to take a look at the last decade of power and water privatization in the region and draw out lessons for the future.

“With demand levels for power and water rising steeply in the region and project financing availability contracting fast, there is likely to be some serious debate at POWER-GEN Middle East about how the electricity and water sectors will keep pace with the Middle East’s economic expansion,” said Nigel Blackaby, director of conferences at organizers, PennWell. Speaking with journalists in Bahrain today he added, “Attendees at POWER-GEN Middle East can expect to encounter practical solutions and state-of-the-art technology from the world’s leading power engineering suppliers.”

POWER-GEN Middle East also offers the opportunity to visit two of Bahrain’s independent power plants. Al Hidd IWPP and the large aluminium producer Alba’s onsite power plant. More information can be obtained from .

With around 100 expected exhibitors from over 50 countries, POWER-GEN Middle East has become the most important annual meeting place for international power executives and operators with interests in the MENA region.

From February 17-19, 2009, POWER-GEN Middle East will welcome over 3,000 industry professionals who will gather for 3 days to enjoy the industry’s leading conference and experience the latest developments and ideas for the future of the Middle East power and water sectors.

For details of the full preliminary conference program and further information on POWER-GEN Middle East Conference & Exhibition 2009, visit .

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