POWER-GEN Asia Launches Preliminary Conference Programme for Annual Gathering of Power Industry Professionals
POWER-GEN Asia, the region’s premier conference and exhibition for the electric power generation industry, has announced the preliminary conference programme of its 20th annual gathering, this year hosted in Bangkok, Thailand from 3rd to 5th October 2012.
The preliminary conference programme includes over 130 international experts presenting across 6 conference tracks, including topics focusing on strategic and technical power issues and challenges, as well as the growth of the renewable and alternative energy sectors.
This year’s keynote session, taking place on Wednesday 3rd October, also welcomes high profile speakers:
- Arak Chonlatanon, minister of Energy, Thailand
- Sutat Patmasiriwat, Governor, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Thailand
- Kenji Uenishi, President, GE Energy, Asia Pacific, Singapore
Conference director, Nigel Blackaby, said, “This years conference programme is lining up to be one of the most interesting and exciting in the 20 years of POWER-GEN Asia. With many local and regional challenges facing the Asian power market, we will be tackling these challenges head-on looking at how issues, from Finance and Planning to Environmental Protection, Flexibility, Fuels & Grid Technology, could be addressed to achieve the right solutions.”
Towards a Secure Energy Future
Thailand’s GDP is predicted to see a 5.6 percent growth, leading to a 6 percent growth in peak power demand between 2012-2016 to 35,600 MW and 44,200 MW by 2021. With current capacity of around 28,500 MW, and despite current energy imports from neighbouring countries, Thailand will see a shortfall in capacity in the next few years.
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand generates around 50 percent of Thailand’s electricity and expects to invest around 100 billion Baht (US$ 3.5 bn) in energy markets in the coming years, as the Ministry of Energy looks to address the energy security issues.
Thailand wants to be a leading country in exporting carbon credits in Asia by promoting study and research on the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and enable the country to submit energy projects for certification under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), at a total of one million tonnes CO2 per year.
Despite putting a hold on building nuclear plants for 3 years, whilst a review is undertaken, Thailand is still interested in pursuing this option, with the Ministry of Energy looking to undertake a detailed feasibility study on the development of nuclear power plants, using relevant IAEA guidelines.
As a net importer of energy, Thailand is central to the region’s power development plans and part of a region undergoing change and a $100 billion investment in the energy industry and its infrastructure.
Celebrating 20 years of POWER-GEN Asia
POWER-GEN Asia is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in Bangkok, where the event has truly become the annual forum for senior executives, industry leaders and senior engineers to discuss a range of important topics, the latest issues and solutions, in order to meet the challenge of the growing demand for electricity in the region.
Event director, Glenn Ensor, said, “We are delighted that POWER-GEN Asia has reached this landmark anniversary and that it is being hosted in Thailand for this special occasion. We have always received great support from the industry in Thailand, and this year is no exception. With organisations including the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Metropolitan Electricity Authority, Provincial Electricity Authority, PTT and many others supporting POWER-GEN Asia 2012, we are humbled that this event garners such great support and looking forward to another excellent conference and exhibition.”
POWER-GEN Asia, co-located with Renewable Energy World Asia, is anticipated to receive around 7,000 industry professionals, who will gather for three days to enjoy the industry’s leading conference and experience the latest developments and ideas for the future of the Asian power generation sector.
The new Challenger Hall 1 at the state-of-the-art IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Centre in Bangkok, will host POWER-GEN Asia and its co-located Renewable Energy World Asia conferences and exhibitions, from 3rd to 5th October 2012.
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