'UAE needs to boost the output of power'

ABU DHABI — The pressing need to almost double the current production of electricity by 2010 and a target to augment installed capacity by 6,000 MW from the present level of 12,800 MW, are factors that have prompted the authorities to undertake sizeable projects — many of them involving private investment.

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Published: Sun 10 Apr 2005, 10:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:59 PM

Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouie, Director General of the General Exhibition Corporation (GEC), that will partner Penwell Corporation's UK-based Global Energy Group to host the Power-Gen Middle East exhibition and conference in the capital early next year, told a news conference yesterday that strong demand growth coupled with significant structural changes within the power sector will ensure that the UAE will remain a key market in the Middle East for years to come. Further afield, the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will require more than 74 GW of additional capacity by 2010.

A host of large-scale projects are already underway or coming up for bids in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran and elsewhere in the region, he said.

Power-Gen Middle East 2006, into its fourth year, will be the biggest event of its kind in the region with over 100 exhibitors already confirming participation, he said. "We are expecting the event to draw over 200 international and regional companies from the power transmission, distribution and desalination fields, he said.

Major industry players like Black and Vach, GE Energy and Hitachi are among renowned equipment suppliers who will be exhibiting alongside Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority.



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