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POWERGEN Middle East returns to Abu Dhabi

2014 event back where it all began 12 years ago

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Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is the setting for POWER-GEN Middle East’s 2014 conference & exhibition, 12-14 October. It is appropriate that such an influential regional event for the energy industry stages in such a world-class facility and it also brings the event back to Abu Dhabi, where it was first launched some 12 years ago.

Over the intervening years, POWER-GEN Middle East has tracked the rapid growth of power generation capability in the region, brought together the leading players to discuss the strategic issues and ensured that every major technical advance and development has been presented in the conference and on the exhibition floor.

This year, the technical conference programme is larger than ever, creating an unrivalled learning platform for the region’s power generation professionals.

Although there are many energy conferences held in the GCC, none can claim to offer the breadth and depth of technical content as POWER-GEN Middle East and, coupled with the fact that the presentations are selected by an expert panel of power industry professionals, making the sessions both topical and relevant to the region.

“We look forward to welcoming power industry professionals from the GCC countries and beyond to this important gathering and introducing them to the latest techniques and technologies for building and operating modern power facilities,” said Nigel Blackaby, Event Director, POWER-GEN Middle East.

The return to Abu Dhabi has also drawn a larger number of many world-class exhibiting companies who are presenting their technologies and services at the show. Engineering skills and services will be on show from Europe, USA and Asia as well as local suppliers.

Interest in the MENA region is being driven by an estimated future growth in electricity demand of, on average, seven per cent per year, which is likely to require an investment of as much as $283 billion within the region’s overall power sector between 2014 and 2018.

The surge in investment is attributed to the growing energy consumption in the Middle East, which is the highest in the world after the Asian economies. That demand will be increasingly met in a way that puts a premium on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Many of the technologies being talked about and presented at POWER-GEN Middle East focus on optimising power plant operation as well as minimising environmental impact. As the region looks to exploit its abundant renewable energy potential, conference sessions and suppliers will examine viable solar power options that can be effectively deployed in the Middle East.

For the third time, POWER-GEN Middle East will be held alongside WaterWorld Middle East, which has established itself as an important regional event dedicated to strategic and technical issues in the water and wastewater industry.

The POWER-GEN Middle East event includes a special programme arranged and supported by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. Senior representatives from the Ministry and key stakeholders within Russia’s power industry, will present during a “Russia Day” programme of events both in the conference area and on the show floor.

“An event such as POWER-GEN Middle East is very much in line with Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Strategic Vision in that it promotes the Emirate’s international profile and reputation, boosts economic diversification and growth through private sector investment and emphases sustainability and environmental protection,” said Blackaby.

“With so much potential for development in the power sector in the GCC and elsewhere in the Middle East region, it is important that industry professionals are fully informed of the opportunities and the latest technical developments in the efficient design and operation of power production facilities of all kinds.”

The conference will feature over 100 regional and international experts. They will address the current challenges facing the region through informative presentations and panel discussions to explore the latest trends and technologies.

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These will include details on how the local industry is planning the future of the UAE’s power and water infrastructure, and latest trends in project financing. Experts will consider how turmoil in Europe’s finance industry has had major repercussions on the global economy, including local power companies.

Owais Khan, Business Development Manager at Wartsila Corporation, Power Plants, United Arab Emirates, will speak about “Best Way of Savings in Middle East Utilities”. Khan will discuss how Middle East utilities have been adding base load power to their national grid systems, making the grid system inflexible with regard to various tiers of loads, that is, base load, intermediate load, and peak shavers.

If appropriate technology is augmented for future generation the grid system will become robust and optimised. In a paper prepared for POWER-GEN Middle East, Owais has taken three different utilities and analysed their future operations to conclude that flexible power is required for any new power generation capacity.

“POWER-GEN Middle East is the biggest seminar for the power sector attended by people from all sectors of the industry, including engineers, planners, and financial experts from both the public and private sectors,” Khan said.

“Since POWER-GEN Middle East is being held in Abu Dhabi this year, my paper considers the case of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), along with Jordan and California. This platform will be the most appropriate stage to table the proposition of bringing flexibility to the right audience.”

Thomas Eisenmann, Vice President of DURAG data systems GmbH, Germany, is another speaker at POWER-GEN Middle East. His session topic title is “Predictive Emission Monitoring (PEM) combined with Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) represents a novel, cost-effective approach for compliance monitoring of source emissions.”

PEM Systems offer continuous, real-time monitoring of pollutants and can be certified according to US or European regulations. They are typically packaged with DAS to result in self-sufficient monitoring solutions. Applications exist for utilities, petrochemical, chemical and other industrial or municipal sites. PEMS are suitable for gas-and oil-fired sources of emissions.

Eisenmann said: “Because PEMS can be used to monitor numerous emissions sources, the technology gained significant interest in the Gulf Cooperation Council. PEMS installations exist as stand-alone solutions or as part of integrated environmental monitoring systems capable of addressing multiple sources in one plant.”

Dhanuskodi Sundaravadivelu, Senior Vice President, Mitsusbishi-Hitachi Power System (MHPS), India, will be presenting a paper on “The Development and Operating Experience of MHPS’s Advanced Gas Turbines”.

The industry has been continuously endeavouring to produce electric power at the highest efficiency for cost savings and to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. Advanced gas turbines in the market can now achieve efficiency levels greater than 60% in combined cycle operation mode with low levels of emissions.

Sundaravadivelu said: “We believe the integration of technologies, human resources and product lines of Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries create powerful technical innovations facilitating niche products and services that address the challenges of meeting this region’s energy needs.

“We would like to introduce our cutting edge technology and showcase our latest machines at POWER-GEN Middle East because we expect power project developers, utility companies, vendors, government agencies, engineers, policy makers, and environmentalists to congregate at this event.

“We have great interest in the MENA region, where electricity demand is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, with investments in power generation exceeding a quarter of trillion dollars in the next four years,” he added.

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