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Oxford Business Group is pleased to announce our media partnership with the Water and Wastewater Operations and Maintenance Forum which will be held on 16-17 April, in Abu Dhabi. In this respect we send you the following message from the conference organisers:

Dear Oxford Business Group Subscribers,

Landmark Abu Dhabi conference to prepare water industry for forecasted huge market growth in O&M sector

With growth in the Middle East water sector continuing to increase exponentially, now is a crucial time for plant managers, asset owners and engineers in the sector to optimise the efficiency of their plants and expand their knowledge. The region’s largest markets are predicting growth to the value of several hundred billion dollars, with the Saudi government alone investing $56 billion dollars into in its water system over the next 15 years, over 70% of which will be allocated to sewage and wastewater infrastructure.

At this lucrative time for the industry, event organisers BME Events have unveiled the O&M Water Middle East conference, which will take place in Abu Dhabi from 16th – 17th April 2012. This unique event is the first and only gathering of professionals from both the water and wastewater industries in the Middle East, providing comprehensive coverage of all the issues affecting operations and maintenance in wastewater treatment and desalination plants under one roof and promoting debate between asset owners and end users to ensure sustainable and cost efficient O&M strategies in water treatment.

Bronze Sponsor MaSa, the joint venture between Marafiq and Saur, were announced as the winners of the $400 million contract to provide O&M for water and wastewater assets at Jubail in 2011, the first of its kind and predicted to earn $60 million a year. The news comes just months after a consortium headed by South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries, who will be present at O&M Water Middle East, were awarded the $1.76 billion contract for the construction of the world’s largest desalination plant at Ras Al Khair. NWC has stated its ultimate goal is to form O&M JVs with the private sector, and eventually bid for contracts around the region, and are set to unveil this strategy at O&M Water Middle East.

Kirsty Stevens, O&M Water Middle East developer said: “With so many resources being allocated to meet growing water needs in the GCC region there has never been a bigger call for O&M professionals working in the industry to ensure they are equipped to deal with this hugely increased demand.”

Among the speakers present are Abhay Arya of Sembcorp Water Power Company, the Plant Manager of the Fujairah 1 Plant, who will deliver an in-depth case study on the optimisation and control of O&M costs for RO and MSF plants. Mr Arya’s presentation will be complemented by Julio Torre Gutierrez of NOMAC’s comprehensive overview into establishing a private independent water O&M company in the Middle East, examining considerations for the operations of mega projects in remote areas and the implementation of integrated management systems and standardised procedures across multiple sites. International participation from key stakeholders from Europe, Middle East and Asia, including Veolia Water, Sembcorp, Siemens, Doosan

The conference is organised by BME Events, for more information visit www.oandmwater.com.