Home
overview
The MENA region is undergoing a revolutionary change in its power sector. The traditional state led approach to producing and distributing electricity is being abandoned in favor of an unbundled and efficient private sector approach. This presents a unique opportunity to become involved in one of the world’s fastest growing regions in terms of demand.

As a senior industry executive, you will be aware of the importance and potential of this region and may already have taken steps to position your company to enter this markets. As a busy professional, our event offers you an easy way to make sure you are aware of all the opportunities in this exciting region. We can also help you by using the experiences of our panel of speakers to identify potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s MENA Power conference.

Not only will you benefit from the intensive programme and the expertise of our speakers, but this conference also gives you the opportunity to network with other key players in the region and discuss mutually benefit opportunities.

MENA Power is organized and produced by SMi: we specialize in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused up to date information. SMi conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet senior figures in the industry and seek their advice.

Conference programme

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:10 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Marks

John Marks, Editor in Chief, FT African and Middle East Energy

9:30 POWER SITUATION IN JORDAN

Engineer Mahmoud Al-Ees

Engineer Mahmoud Al-Ees, Head of Planning Studies, Ministry of Eneergy and Mineral Resources - Jordan

  • Power production in Jordan at present
  • Upgrading needed
  • Incentives for investment in Jordan
  • Targeted areas for investment
  • Future projects
  • 10:20 FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    Dr Ranald Spiers

    Dr Ranald Spiers, Regional Director Middle East and Africa, National Power Plc

  • Overview of current projects
  • Typical reserve characteristics
  • Possible production capacity
  • Challenges to operating in the Middle East
  • Potential future projects
  • The future for National Power in the Middle East
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE CONTRACTS

    Roger Brindley

    Roger Brindley, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald

  • Why these type of contracts?
  • Advantages to government and investor
  • Disadvantages to government and investor
  • Problems with these contracts
  • 12:00 LEGAL ISSUES FOR POWER PROJECTS

    Sean Angle

    Sean Angle, Partner, Trowers and Hamlins

  • The legal framework in Oman
  • Laws affecting power projects
  • Solutions available
  • Future laws affecting projects
  • Oman is opening its doors
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 AREAS OF POTENTIAL INVESTMENT

    Sameh Ghobrial

    Sameh Ghobrial, Regional Leader Middle East, Nuovo Pignone

  • The effect of relaxing MENA law to foreign investment
  • Areas in need of investment
  • Potential problems of investing in MENA
  • Targeted areas for Nuovo Pignone/GE Power
  • Where the future lies
  • 14:40 CHANGING FACE OF POWER INVESTMENT LAW

    Ewan Cameron

    Ewan Cameron, Partner, Clifford Chance

  • Overview of existing legal frameworks
  • Overhauling these frameworks to meet demand
  • Investment opportunities identified – which countries have moved fastest
  • Future for the MENA region as a privatised power producer
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE INFRA-STRUCTURE WITHIN OMAN

    Krama Prasad

    Krama Prasad, Manager of Power Division, Electrowatt Engineering Services

  • The state of the country power
  • Problems with carrying out construction in Oman
  • Present Projects being carried out
  • Future projects
  • Advantages from investing in Oman
  • 16:20 A POTENTIAL SOLUTION TO THE LACK OF SUPPLY

    Dr Cyril Widdershoven

    Dr Cyril Widdershoven, Editor in Chief, Oil and Gas North Africa Magazine

  • What needs to be done
  • Areas in need of investment
  • Problems occurring at present
  • Benefits if power production increased
  • Future Developments
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Francis Perrin

    Francis Perrin, Editor in Chief, Africa Energy and Mining

    9:40 PRICING AND VALUING POWER

    Dr Thomas Stauffer

    Dr Thomas Stauffer, International Oil and Finance Consultant (Formerly with M.I.T),

  • The “value” of gas is locality-specific. No general guideline is valid.
  • The economic cost of crude oil can be less than gas in countries with large reserve-to-production ratios.
  • Optimal plant designs must reflect local, idiosyncratic economics.
  • Co-generating plants (water with power) cannot be specified on a standalone basis. Their Economics are intimately linked the grid in question.
  • Project economics and national cost-benefit trade offs can diverge widely.
  • 10:20 THE POWER SITUATION IN EGYPT

    Tom Thomason

    Tom Thomason, Vice President and Managing Director, InterGen/Edison Sidi Krir Generating Company

  • InterGen’s and Edison’s investments in Egypt
  • Reasons and incentives to do so
  • Why a BOOT project
  • Progress situation at present
  • Future investment in Egypt by InterGen
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE PRESENT STATE OF MENA POWER EQUIPMENT

    Daniel J. Meier

    Daniel J. Meier, Area Sales Manager, ABB High Voltage Technologies

  • New Power Stations
  • Refurbishing power plants
  • Case Study
  • Advantage of Generator Circuit Breakers
  • 12:00 FINANCING PROJECTS IN THE MENA REGION

    William Pedder

    William Pedder, Director, Project and Export Finance, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson

  • Availability – economics versus politics
  • Market and regulatory risk
  • Bank versus bond markets
  • Rating agency views
  • Maturities – refinancing and mini-perms
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 RISK ALLOCATION ON POWER PROJECTS

    Duncan MacNab

    Duncan MacNab, Partner, Allen and Overy

  • Private sector participation – role and implications
  • Typical structures
  • Allocation of risk – who is best able to bear risk?
  • Lender’s perspective on risk allocation
  • Other bankability issues
  • 14:40 TRANSPORTATION AND DELIVERY WITHIN MENA

    Steve Wildman

    Steve Wildman, Commercial Director, Alstom Power

  • Transportation problems
  • Workforce problems?
  • Specific problems that have occurred
  • Solutions and lessons learned
  • Future turbine installation projects in MENA
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 A CASE STUDY WITHIN THE UAE

    Nick Buckworth

    Nick Buckworth, Partner, Shearman and Sterling

  • Overview of the project
  • Problems faced
  • Advantages to investing in UAE
  • Project situation at present
  • Future projects for Shearman & Sterling
  • 15:40 KUWAIT’S POWER INDUSTRY

    Ahmed Barakat

    Ahmed Barakat, Partner, At Sarraf and Al Ruwayeh

  • Overview of Kuwait’s power industry
  • The changing face of Kuwait’s investment legisltation
  • Infrastructure development and the foreign investor
  • The bidding process
  • Advantages to investing in Kuwait
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    +

    Crowne Plaza Dubai

    Sheikh Zayed Road
    PO Box 23215
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates

    Crowne Plaza Dubai

    HOTEL BOOKING FORM

    Title

    SubTitle
    speaker image

    Content


    Title


    Description

    Download


    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

    Event Title

    Headline

    Text
    Read More

    I would like to speak at an event

    I would like to attend an event

    I would like to sponsor/exhibit at an event

    SIGN UP OR LOGIN

    Sign up
    Forgotten Password?

    Contact SMi GROUP LTD

    UK Office
    Opening Hours: 9.00 - 17.30 (local time)
    SMi Group Ltd, 1 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7XW, United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7827 6001
    Website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk Email: events@smi-online.co.uk
    Registered in England No: 3779287 VAT No: GB 976 2951 71




    Forgotten Password

    Please enter the email address you registered with. We will email you a new password.