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500 delegates for GCC power summit

Riyadh, October 13, 2009

Around 500 international delegates will discuss more than 50 papers on electricity and energy at an upcoming conference and exhibition with a focus on ongoing power projects in the GCC.

The GCC Power 2009 Conference and Exhibition, which is sponsored by Saudi Electricity Company, will run from October 19 to 21 at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel in Saudi Arabia.

The event is owned by CIGRE, the GCC regional committee for large electric systems, a leading global organisation in the field of high voltage electricity. For the fifth straight year, CIGRE is co-organising the event with IFP Qatar and Riyadh Exhibitions Company.

The event gains importance in light of the fact that ongoing power projects in the GCC have been estimated to be worth up to SR607.5 billion ($162 billion), with Saudi Arabia accounting for around 50 per cent of the total investments according to recent industry reports.

"The significant number of power projects in Saudi Arabia has helped boost demand for innovative products and services as well as technologies and expertise in renewable power resources,” said Edward Rabbat, deputy general manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company.

“GCC Power 2009 Conference and Exhibition creates an interesting business-to-business platform for suppliers, technology vendors, government and corporate decision-makers and other trade visitors to identify and discuss evolving challenges in the regional power industry, and at the same time cultivate collaborative efforts among all industry stakeholders,” he added.

One of the major highlights of the event is the inauguration of a 400kV GCC Interconnector Grid, which was commissioned during the summer.

The project underscores the cooperation among GCC countries in addressing power challenges, particularly in terms of higher reliability and security of the integrated power systems.

The conference will also hold dedicated sessions focusing on a wide range of industry topics, including system operation and control; system planning, development and technical studies; substations; reactive equipment; high voltage equipment; power transmission lines; HVDC and power electronics; and rotating electrical machines.

GCC Power 2009 will feature two main events: the 5th GCC CIGRE International Conference and the 14th Exhibition for Electrical Equipments.

The GCC CIGRE conference is held annually in different GCC countries and is considered by the council as its most important event; Saudi Arabia was chosen this year because of its leadership in the power field. – TradeArabia News Service




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