The GCC’s fast expanding power sector took centrestage at the ‘GCC Power 2012’ conference and exhibition that began at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa yesterday (12 November 2012).
Managed by International Fairs & Promotions (IFP) Qatar, and organised by the GCC Regional Committee for Large Electric Systems (GCC CIGRE) the event has attracted the participation of over 20 high profile speakers, and over 800 local and international industry professionals. The conference and exhibition conclude tomorrow.
The ‘GCC Power’ opened under the auspices of Sultan bin Salim al Habsi, Secretary- General of the Supreme Council for Planning, who graced the conference and exhibition with his presence and toured the displays set up by leading technology providers from across the globe.
Amidst the launch day activities of the event, Thani al Khusaibi, Adviser for Transmission and Planning Affairs, Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) elucidated, “An important calendar event for us at OETC, the ‘GCC Power’ helps to not only highlight opportunities that are in the country’s power sectors, but also offers attendees the chance to be updated on the latest trends, challenges, strategies and technologies available. The three-day conference includes in-depth case studies, presentations, panel discussions, one-to-one networking opportunities, and interactive workshops to find practical solutions to the most critical issues faced by the industry.”
“Through our participation and support of the ‘GCC Power 2012’, we hope to exchange information and know-how on the latest developments in the electricity and energy industry. We also aim to provide exhibitors a chance to reach industry experts and decision makers in the region,” explained Dr Ali al Ghafri, Assistant to the Chairman of Electricity and Water for International Relations and Information, Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW).
Dave Spearman, General Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff said, “This conference is an invaluable opportunity for those at the cutting edge of the GCC’s future to discuss its development. Away from the formality of the conference rooms, networking will be another key benefit of the ‘GCC Power 2012’ allowing contacts to be made with key industry players from vital growth industries and Government departments.”
Companies making their presence felt at the ‘GCC Power 2012’ include — Alstom, SEL Middle East BSC, Siemens LLC, Hyosung Corporation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dar Engineering, Dig Silent Gmbh, Kinectrics Inc., Maschine Fabrik Reinhausen, AP Sensing, K-Line Insulators Limited, M&I MaterialsLimited, Omicron Electronics, Techimp HQ, Megger, Atef Group of Companies, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa). Products and services being showcased include: Automation Systems, Distribution Services & Equipment, Electrical Meters, Protection Systems, Computer Systems, Control Equipment & Systems, Transformers, Consultancy Services, Education & Training, Engineering, Testing and Certification services to name a few.
‘GCC Power 2012’ is part of IFP Qatar’s comprehensive portfolio of large-scale exhibitions and conferences that offer businesses unique networking opportunities and facilitate the showcasing of products and solutions to key target groups and industries’ professionals. GCC Power is open daily from 8:30 am to 4 pm.