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POWER-GEN International adds natural gas infrastructure tracks to 10th anniversary conference, show for generation and delivery

POWER-GEN International has a new feature this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary–a natural gas infrastructure program. As a nod to the intermingling of the recently deregulated natural gas industry and the soon-to-be-deregulated electric power industry in the US, the organizers of POWER-GEN have added two full tracks of technical papers addressing the issues relevant to both industries.

Track A of the natural gas section will include a global power market overview, a look at emerging strategies, a view into merchant plants and a discussion of project finance & risk management in a global market. Track B will include sessions addressing the convergence of the natural gas and power industries, global development in natural gas delivery, natural gas supply and price stability and new market options for natural gas producers.

The conference will have 18 full tracks of technical information regarding electric power issues, trends and statistics; environmental issues, trends and statistics; generation trends; and operating plants and technologies.

Scheduled for Dec. 9-11 in the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, USA, local plant tours will be offered including trips to the TU Electric`s de Cordova and/or Big Brown plants. The 1997 keynote session is scheduled to include a welcoming address from John Carlson, TU Electric vice president-fossil generation; a speaker discussing industry convergence and the future energy company, a merchant power presentation from a representative of Calpine Corp., and a talk from Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach, regarding competition and winning in business. The Power Engineering and Power Engineering International (PEI) “Project of the Year Awards” will be presented by Douglas J. Smith, PEI managing editor, and the Electric Light & Power “Utility of the Year” award presentation will be made by Robert Smock, publisher.


POWER-GEN International will once again be held in conjunction with the Power Delivery conference and exhibition, which is in its second successful year. The Power Delivery International conference and exhibition has emerged as the high-voltage event for the growing transmission and distribution industry. Power delivery systems, like other facets of the industry, are undergoing dramatic change, and the traditional vertically integrated electric utility is transformed into separate and distinct business units. This exhibition will showcase more than 200 exhibits, capturing the cutting edge technology for this market.

The POWER-GEN exhibition will include more than 900 companies displaying the latest products and services available to the industry. The exhibition will be divided into six pavilions, all under one roof–Synergex for small, on-site power generation; natural gas; coal; project development and finance; nuclear; and hydro.

POWER-GEN was primarily a North American event in its first year, but the market had become global in scope. Past traditions which required domestic equipment for power plants had changed and global alliances at all levels were being forged. As the conference grew, increased participation from throughout the world could be seen among the conference papers, attendance and exhibiting companies. This ever-increasing interest in the global market led to the establishment of POWER-GENs in Europe and Asia in 1993 (see figure).

Today POWER-GEN International has come to reflect the global nature of electric power. Last year, 85 countries were represented by an attendance of almost 13,500 visitors. Approximately one-third of the conference delegates indicated an involvement in projects outside North America. This year`s event, with the support of a comprehensive global marketing campaign conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce`s International Buyer Program and the PennWell Energy & Utility Group, is expected to exceed all previous records for international attendance.

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Dallas at night. Photo courtesy of Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Big Tex. Photo courtesy of Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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The POWER-GEN International exhibit hall.