POWER-GEN Middle East opens

21 October 2002

Under the Patronage of
H. H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nayhan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces

With the personal support of
H. H. Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Chairman, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority

21-23 October 2002
Abu Dhabi International Exhibitions Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE

H. H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
inaugurates region’s largest ever power generation event

POWER-GEN Middle East, the largest power generation exhibition and conference to take place in the region, was inaugurated Monday by H. H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Honorary Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, who declared the exhibition formally open and visited many of the 120 companies exhibiting at the event. The Opening Ceremony followed an Inaugural Address, led by
H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, which included welcoming speeches by
Mrs. Marcelle Wahba, US Ambassador to the UAE, and Mr. Nick Ornstien, Group Publisher of PennWell Global Energy Group.

“It is a pleasure for me to welcome you all to the UAE at the outset of the POWER-GEN Middle East conference and exhibition, which is being held for the first time at one of the most important stages of economic and social development in the UAE,” said Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan in his Inaugural Address. “The importance of the conference stems from the opportunity it presents for experts to exchange views and share experiences.”

“All countries in the region are seeking to provide further resources to cover the increasing consumption in water and power. There is a need to allocate more investment to develop energy plants using modern technology such as that which is displayed at POWER-GEN Middle East.”

US Ambassador Ms. Marcelle Wabha spoke of the significance of the first ever
POWER-GEN event held in the Middle East to the region: “The Strategic and Technical conference sessions will be instructive, and will address issues relevant to meeting the region’s power needs,” she said. “We need to work together to meet the challenges faced by the power industry.”

The morning’s schedule also included the Opening Keynote Conference Session, moderated by Junior Isles, Associate Publisher and Managing Editor of Power Engineering International magazine. Presentations were given by Mr. Abdullah Ali Al Ahbabi, Director of Business Support of the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (ADWEA) and Mr. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Member of the Executive Committee of Dolphin Energy Ltd.

POWER-GEN Middle East conference and exhibition runs over three days, and will close at 18.00 hours this Wednesday, 23 October. Organizer’s PennWell Corporation are expecting at least 4,000 visitors. The conference focuses on critical strategic and technical power generation issues for the region, while the exhibition floor features 120 international and domestic companies who are showcasing products and services to power professionals attending the show. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

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