Mekong Power Conference in Vietnam - Top Power Sector Executives Share Updates on Upcoming Opportunities in Mekong Countries' Emerging Power Markets & Regulations

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The Upcoming Mekong Power Summit on 4-5 June 2009 in Vietnam presents a holistic update on the latest in the region's power value chain. Project case studies will cover thermal & renewable power projects. Regulatory Bodies from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia will share policy objectives. Experts will also address Financing and Investment outlook in the sector.

The stunning growth of the power industries across the Mekong countries have become the focal point in global power investments. The Mekong Power Summit, on 4-5 June 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a global industry conference to provide a holistic perspective on power industry developments in the Mekong countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Key power players in the region will share project updates and regional expansion plans. They include:

  • Tom Watters, GM of Summit Sunrise Energy Ltd (Sumitomo Corporation) on opportunities and challenges in Vietnam and the greater Mekong region.
  • Somkuan Watkeekul, MD of South East Asia Energy Ltd on Laos' Xayaburi Hydropower project, touching on project risks and key success factors.
  • Dominik Reiner, CEO of Aerogie.plus Solutions AG will share on the region's first Wind-diesel hybrid power station on Vietnam's Con Dao Island.
  • Pongsatit Rajatanavin, Project Co-ordinator at Thailand's Surat Thani Green Energy Co. Ltd on the operational challenges and experience of running a Palm Biomass (Empty Fruit Branch) fired power plant.

The conference will also touch on the security of supply of Natural gas and coal for power projects. A Senior Representative at PetroVietnam will share an update on Developing a Dynamic Gas Market for power projects, and Nguyen Chi Quant, Sr. Adviser at Vinacomin will share on the future of Vietnam's coal industry.

There will also be a Regulator's Panel Discussion, featuring top power sector officials from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The panel discussion will focus on creating a competitive power market in the Mekong Sector. Critical issues they will address include:

•Government plans to meet rising demand for power, subsidy and tariff issues,
•Regulatory policies to optimise private sector participation,
•Cross-border alliances and power trade agreements,
•Government financing plans.

Speaking on the Regulator's Panel are Vietnam's Ministry of Industry & Trade, Thailand's Energy Regulatory Commission and Cambodia's Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy.

Dominic Legris, Director (Infrastructure & Power) at Calyong Bank will touch on Financing & Investment in the region. Mr. Legris will share perspectives on the state of the Project Finance Markets. Marvin Yeo, CFO of Frontier Investment & Development Partners (FIDP) will share on Catalytic Role of Private Equity Funds in the region's power sector.

The Mekong Power summit also features insights on the growing Laotian Power industry, Legal requirements for Energy trade in the Mekong Countries, and CDM power projects in the sector.

The timely conference will provide complete overview on the region's power sector and will attract participation from Independent Power Producers, Investors, National Power Grid Operators, EPC Companies, Coal and Gas Producers, Renewable Power Companies, Project Financiers and Investors, Legal Advisors, Project Financiers & Asset Managers, Policy Makers and key government officials.

Those seeking more information on participation and sponsorship & media exchange opportunities at Mekong Power summit should visit http://www.cmtevents.com/?ev=090627 immediately or contact Ms. Nadia Al Bahar, Promotions Manager at +65 6346 9114

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