Implementers to debate Iraq's power supply for first time publicly at Abu Dhabi confex

Bechtel, Iraq Electricity Commission and other experts to address rebuilding Iraq's power infrastructure at POWER-GEN Middle East, 13-15 October 2003, International Exhibitions Centre, Abu Dhabi

Sept. 1, 2003 -- POWER-GEN Middle East 2003 - a Middle East region's conference and exhibition serving the power generation industry - will gather high level speakers from Bechtel, Iraq Electricity Commission, HSBC Investment Bank, International Power, White & Case LLP and other organizations to address rebuilding Iraq's power infrastructure.

It is believed that this special opening day conference track at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibitions Centre on Monday 13 October will be the first time that high ranking individuals with key responsibility for restoring and rebuilding power supply in Iraq will meet to publicly discuss one of the subjects currently dominating news headlines around the world.

Dr Karim Hasan, director general of the Iraq Electricity Commission and Mr Dean Hagerty, Bechtel's project manager responsible for power supply in Iraq will be joined by high ranking professionals from organizations active in Iraq including Dr Ranald Spiers, international development director of International Power; Mr Mark Lemmon, director of project and export finance at HBSC Investment Bank's utilities sector and Mr Alexander Kritzalis, partner at US law firm White & Case LLP.

This uniquely qualified array of speakers will be able to provide POWER-GEN Middle East 2003 conference delegates with an appreciation of Iraq's power requirements, the process under which reconstruction is being undertaken and the legal and financing issues. The special opening conference track at POWER-GEN Middle East 2003 is the first in the region to focus on Iraq's power needs since the end of the conflict and will offer companies and individuals in the international power community unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The Iraq Electricity Commission and Bechtel are working together on a joint programme to increase power generation in Iraq in the short term and rehabilitate plants to improve power output in the future. Bechtel intends to subcontract roughly 90 percent of its infrastructure project work.

As of 17 August, Bechtel had awarded 75 subcontracts and more than 9,100 companies from 96 countries had registered on Bechtel's supplier database.

Restoring electricity supplies to the people of Iraq is central to the reconstruction process. Thirty years of bureaucracy and central planning, 13 years of economic sanctions and the impact of two wars has left Iraq struggling to achieve a power output of 4000 MW despite having an installed capacity of 10 000 MW and peak demand of 12 000 MW.

Over the next decade an estimated US$ 10-15 bn will need to be invested in the provision of electricity and telecommunications in the country. Current generation capacity in Iraq has been restored to meet approximately 75 percent of pre-conflict levels although a rotating blackout schedule remains in place. The electricity generating infrastructure remains in a sorry state and problems remain in transmission.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, POWER-GEN Middle East is organized by the General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC) of Abu Dhabi in co-operation with US multi-media provider PennWell Corporation. The event is supported and sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), the public organization responsible for implementing the Abu Dhabi government's policy of privatization of the water and electricity sector.

POWER-GEN Middle East is the definitive conference and exhibition in the Middle East region focusing on power generation, transmission & distribution and associated desalination issues, combining a high-level three-day conference with the region's largest exhibition featuring the world's top power companies and regional utilities.

POWER-GEN Middle East 2003 runs at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibitions Centre (ADIEC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 13 - 15 October 2003. Onsite registration opens at ADIEC on Sunday 12 October at 08.30 am and remains open throughout the three days of the event. The exhibition opens at 10.00 hours on Monday 13 October. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 11.00 hours, and the conference will start after lunch at 14.00 hours on the same day. Full event information and online registration is available at, or via the organizers at Tel: +971 2 444 6900 (UAE) or +44 1992 656 614 (UK); Email: or; Fax: +971 2 444 6135 (UAE) or +44 1992 656 704 (UK). 'Earlybird' delegate registration rates close on 19 September 2003.

GEC has proved itself as the premier exhibition organizer in the region with events like IDEX (which is the number one event in the world on defence) and ADIPEC (which ranks among the top four oil & gas events in the world). GEC organizes all its events for the benefit of the infrastructure departments in the emirate.

Being a government supported exhibition organizer, GEC makes use of its position to invite all the decision makers from the particular sector of the Middle East and North Africa region to the exhibition/conference, which benefits the exhibitors and the countries around the UAE who are looking for latest products, services and technology.

Established in 1910, PennWell Corporation has developed into an international multimedia provider of business intelligence. With its Headquarters in Tulsa, USA, PennWell has offices throughout the world, providing its partners with a truly global service.

The company is active in a diverse range of markets, and has established undisputed market leadership in the fields covered by its Global Energy Group. Market leading international journals, including The Oil & Gas Journal, Offshore Magazine, Power Engineering International (PEi), Power Engineering and Water and Wastewater International are complemented by a large number of highly respected international conferences and exhibitions.

POWER-GEN Exhibitions and Conferences are business-to-business power generation events and stage in the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia, India & Central Asia and the Middle East.

Press contact and accreditation at POWER-GEN Middle East:

Jane Sounes, PennWell Corporation , tel: +44 (0)1992 656 635; e-mail:

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