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Last chance to attend Middle East Electricity

09 Feb 2012 11:03

His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water in the UAE officially inaugurated Middle East Electricity.

Currently taking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the three-day exhibition reveals 113 new power, water, and energy projects valued at US$180 billion are underway or at the planning stages in the Middle East. 

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Middle East Electricity has attracted more than 1,000 exhibitors from within the region and worldwide looking to capitalise on a booming energy sector.

Hundreds of companies are launching new products at the show among the most notable of these include the Dubai-based cable manufacturer Ducab, which will showcase its new range 66kV to 400 kV High Voltage (HV) cable systems.

The HV cables come courtesy of the US$500 million 22,000 sq meters Ducab-HV manufacturing plant, which opened in Jebel Ali in November 2011, and has a production capacity of 30,000 tonnes of high voltage cables per year.

“The Ducab-HV manufacturing plant will offer the latest in global HV technology to the UAE and the region, increasing Ducab’s production capacity by 15,000 tonnes of conductor, totalling 30,000 tonnes of cable annually,” said Colin McKay, Head of Sales and Marketing at Ducab.

“The plant is the most advanced in the region and is designed to ensure that its high voltage products are manufactured to the stringent quality standards demanded both regionally and internationally.”

Middle East Electricity is the world’s leading energy event that focuses on power, lighting, renewable, nuclear and water sectors, creating a key platform for exhibitors to impress industry professionals with their latest innovations, solutions, products and services.

“Middle East Electricity has proved to be bigger and better every year and we have customers from all over the world visiting us during the exhibition,” added McKay. “It’s a great platform to reach out to our existing and potential customers.”

Other exhibitors launching their most recent products at the show include Bahrain-based Atlas Copco, which is introducing its portable diesel driven generator sets and lighting towers; and GWB International, which is using the exhibition to officially launch in the UAE and Middle East its Cooper brand of silent generating sets.

Commenting on the growth of Middle East Electricity this year, Anita Mathews, Exhibition Director said: “The exhibitor space for Middle East Electricity 2012 has exceeded last year’s occupied space by 15 per cent.  We have also seen growth in exhibitor numbers and expect more than 15,000 unique visitors to attend the three-day event.”

Organised by Informa Exhibitions, the 37th edition of Middle East Electricity features for the first time the Middle East Electricity Awards, established to recognise outstanding achievements of individuals, departments, teams or organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the energy industry in the Middle East.

The winners will be announced this evening at a gala dinner attended by 1,000 of the region's leading power professionals and companies, senior government officials and special VIP industry guests.

Middle East Electricity 2012 is the partner event to Power + Water Middle East in Abu Dhabi and Africa Electricity in Johannesburg.

For more information go to http://www.middleeastelectricity.com/