The tenth POWER-GEN Middle East opened in Qatar tonight, the second time the state has hosted the event.

Launched in tandem with WaterWorld Middle East – which is making its debut in Qatar – the event is being held at the brand new Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha.

Qatar's minister for energy & industry, Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada

The keynote speech was delivered by Qatar’s minister of energy and industry, Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, who shared the podium with the bosses of Qatar’s electricity transmission company KAHRAMAA, and Qatar Electricity and Water Co, two organisations which he called “the flag-bearers of our participation in this conference”.

He added that “the prospect of electric power in the 21st century can be summed up in one word: growth”.

Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, president of KAHRAMAA, said that Qatar had become an “electricity hub”, with peak demand growth hitting 8.8 per cent last year, while QEWC general manager Fahad Hamad Al-Mohannadi said that for Qatar to continue its impressive track record in electricity generation it had to embrace “a range of new technologies”, and cited solar, wind power, carbon capture and storage and Smart Grids.

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