Abu Dhabi’s 13th annual Power-Gen Middle East Conference and Exhibition is already attracting regional and international attention ahead of schedule, reported Trade Arabia.

Event director Feraye Gurel said: “Power-Gen Middle East 2015 returns with a strong line up of exhibitors and speakers that aim to address key issues affecting the region’s electricity market and provide pioneering and practical solutions to expand energy efficiency, technological excellence and implementation of smart solutions tailored to the Middle East’s power industry.”

“Abu Dhabi is the ideal host for dialogue around enhancing the stability of resources vital to the region’s economy. We are confident that all delegates will greatly benefit from the caliber of attendees and their respective expertise and will be exposed to the best technology in the marketplace,” she added.

The conference will be held from October 4 to 6 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), and will be formally launched by Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy.

In other news, Reuters reported that the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will start accepting expressions of interest for the third phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park at the end of September.

The tender is for an 800 megawatt power plant and will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015.

When completed, the solar park scheme will have a total capacity of 3,000 MW.