Posted on December 30, 2012

Two of Qatar’s important and leading establishments, Ras Abu Fontas Power and Desalination Plant and Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) will open their doors to technical tours on Monday 4 February as part of the upcoming POWER-GEN Middle East 2013 conference and exhibition.

The tours will provide a rare behind the scenes view of Ras Abu Fontas and QSTP’s facilities and the various research and commercial technologies employed. Highlights will include presentations by Ras Abu Fontas plant management and QSTP’s leading research centres such as ConocoPhillips Water Sustainablility Centre, Chevron Centre for Sustainable Energy Efficiency, ExxonMobil Research Qatar and Qatar Shell Research Centre. Both tours are optional and open to registered delegates at a cost €80 (Ras Abu Fontas) and €30 (QSTP).

Like Ras Abu Fontas and QSTP, POWER-GEN Middle East is renowned for being the hub of applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship with a commitment to sharing and exchanging ideas about power and energy efficiency and maximizing regional and global business opportunities.

Under the Patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, the 11th annual POWER-GEN Middle East 2013 will explore new venture investments, intellectual property, enhanced technology solutions, management skills and innovative new products as it returns to Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar from 4-6 February 2013. 

Mrs Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, International Events Director, PennWell Corporation – Middle East said: “We expect a very successful event as our esteemed international speakers from the GCC region and around the world present innovative thinking for discussion, debate and deliberation about business, technology and financial challenges required for energy efficient development, investments and partnerships. We are also delighted to present an unparalleled exhibition that will showcase some of the most innovative technologies and viable, sustainable solutions to meet the region’s growing energy challenges by leading established and growth companies”.

Significant energy-related projects as part of the 200 planned and announced valued between $100m and $20bn will also be major points of discussion as a total of $250bn is expected to be pumped into the power sector in the Middle East and North Africa region over the next five years to meet regional electricity demand growth.

Over the course of three days, topics such as The Challenges and Opportunities for Power Project Development, Maximizing Today’s Grid Potential and Tomorrow’s Alternatives, Renewable Energy Technologies & Integration and Operation & Maintenance will be presented by more than 60 distinguished speakers from over 20 countries including:

  • Mr. Salim Almarri, Majlis Ashura Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
  • Mr. Christian Bohtz, Product Manager Gas Power Plant Applications, Alstom, Switzerland
  • Mr. Jed Savager, Pinsent Masons LLP, United Arab Emirates
  • H.E. Dr. Abdullah M. Al-Shehri, Governor, Electricity & Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA), Saudi Arabia
  • Mr. Robert Jones, Manager - Syngas Power Island Products, GE Energy, United States
  • Mr. Gareth Saunders, Executive Director, Willis, United Kingdom

Delegates and visitors will also have the opportunity to view first-hand innovative and cutting-edge products and technologies by over 135 leading regional and international companies including the likes of ABB, Ansaldo Energia, Bilfinger Berger Power Service GmbH, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, FATA EPC Division of FATA SpA, Northern Technical L.L.C. and SPX.

Attendees have until Friday 4 January 2013 to register for the 10 per cent Early Bird Discount and Technical Tours. For further information about POWER-GEN Middle East 2013, visit

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