Forum to focus on power, water issues
Abu Dhabi, August 5, 2013
Developments, strategy and innovation in the power and water sector will be addressed by governments and experts at an upcoming forum in Abu Dhabi.
The second edition of the Power + Water Leaders Forum is set to take place on September 23 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The conference runs alongside the Power + Water Middle East exhibition, which will take place from September 23 to 25, and will provide a platform for experts to discuss sustainable best practices and innovative solutions across the two sectors.
Strong economic and demographic growth associated with rapid urbanisation has led to an increase in energy demand to meet rising electricity and desalinated water needs in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, according to a recent report.
The report titled, Mena Renewables Report and published in June by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), estimates that investments worth $145.7 billion will be needed for power generation from 2013 to 2017 in the Mena region.
Of which, investments worth $63.1 billion will be in the GCC, $21.4 billion in Iran and approximately $53 billion in the combined other countries of the region.
Anita Mathews, director of Informa Energy Group, organisers of the forum, said: “One of the key themes of the forum is renewable energy, and the growth of the sector in the Mena region is likely to continue over the next two decades, with over 100 projects currently under development.”
The forum is held in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea) and brings together developers, manufacturers, buyers and service providers from a range of sectors in power and water to meet, discuss and invest in the current products and technologies in the related industries. - TradeArabia News Service