14 May 2002 – A major power generation conference is to be held in Abu Dhabi in October reports the Emirates News Agency.

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and with the personal support of Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, ADWEA, the first Power Generation Conference in the Middle East organised by PennWell Corporation, will be held from the 21st to the 23rd of October At Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre.

This event entitled “POWER-GEN Middle East”, will join the international family of renowned POWER-GEN Conference and Exhibitions currently taking place in other territories on an annual basis.

It is noteworthy that this major conference and exhibition is supported by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the General Exhibitions Corporation and ADWEA. PennWell Corporation’s General Manager, Nick Ornstien stated that Abu Dhabi had been chosen to hold the POWER-GEN Middle East Conference and Exhibition for the good reputation Abu Dhabi and the Emirates in general enjoy all over the world.

“It has been chosen to represent the Middle East as we very much view Abu Dhabi and the UAE as the international gateway to the Middle East,” he said. Other POWER-GEN events stated for this year will take place in Milan (June 12-13), Singapore (October 2-4), Orlando Fl. (December 10-12) and New Delhi (January 14-16, 2003).

PennWell Corporation’s General Manager Added that “Abu Dhabi is an important city for all the investments and advantages it offers and the facilities, which benefit investors and all business people. This justifies an event of this importance taking place in Abu Dhabi in particular at one of the most significant phases of development in the region.”

“Power, as is common knowledge, requires huge investment in both the construction of new generating capacity and the rehabilitation and up scaling of older facilities. The forecasted investment required in this sector in the Middle East alone will total approximately $43bn during the period from 2001 to 2004 in the Middle East, he said.

Further, PennWell’s General Manager delivered a speech at the recent press conference announcing the event, conducted at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The speech explained how the conference will be divided into two sections.

The first concerning the power industry’s business and strategic issues, the second tackling the technical aspects.