Focus on the gas and water industries for five daysCongress and Trade Fair WASSER BERLIN / GAS BERLIN 2006

Apr 06, 2006

WASSER / GAS BERLIN, which takes place for the twelfth time from 3 to 7 April, will be attended by 630 exhibitors and an expected 25,000 trade visitors. It occupies a hall area of 45,245 square metres and, with its extensive programme of congresses, it again demonstrates its value as an international platform for dialogue in these two sectors. In six exhibition halls exhibitors will be presenting the latest developments in the water and gas industries, under a number of main headings.

In Hall 1.2, directly behind the South Entrance, the emphasis will be on the latest technologies for use in the gas supply sector, covering the entire range from extraction to transport and distribution. This will also be the location of a special show devoted to vehicles powered by natural gas.

The water section begins immediately adjacent to Hall 1.2. In Hall 2.2 attention will be concentrated on the treatment of water and sewage as well as on water extraction and on "Multi Utilities". In Hall 3 has been reserved for measurement, regulating and analysis systems, drilling technology and new developments in pumps.

Fittings, water and sewage treatment and the possibilities offered by desalinisation can be found in Hall 4.2. Hall 5.2 is shared by two main themes: current trends in water distribution and sewage pipes, as well as the construction of sewers and pipelines. More companies engaged in water distribution and sewage pipes will be exhibiting in Hall 6.2a, forming a single thematic unit together with Hall 5.2a which lies opposite.

Congresses dealing with highly topical subjects
The diversity is also reflected in the congress programme. For example, under the heading of "Water and competition – public and private partnerships", the BGW, Federal Gas and Water Industry Association, will be reporting on some modernisation strategies. Another group of subjects will deal with the EU Water Framework Directive, when representatives from a number of countries will be reporting on their experiences in the major river basins of the Rhine, Weser, Elbe, Oder and Danube.

The importance of "Climate change and the consequences for the water industry" has recently been demonstrated by a number of tornadoes, some of them with disastrous results. The congress programme will also provide an opportunity to examine the possible effects of climate change on water resources policy using calculations based on various models. The DVGW, German Gas and Water Trade Association, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research will be providing information about the latest developments in "Water Research".

At the same time national strategies for the protection of the oceans will be presented for the first time. In addition an organisation set up to promote desalinisation, Deutsche Meerwasser Entsalzung e.V., will be holding the 3rd International DME Congress, with its partner country, the United Arab Emirates.

New forums and traditional events
Some innovative developments are also taking place in the field of gas. One highly topical subject concerns the increased use of liquid gas, known by its abbreviation LNG. All the various aspects will be dealt with comprehensively at a special conference. The same also applies to the new technologies for using natural gas.

Its potential and the opportunities that it presents will form the basis for yet another event. In accordance with past tradition the International Ozone Symposium will again be taking place at WASSER BERLIN / GAS BERLIN, along with the Well Construction Conferences, and the Pipeline Symposium. The Discussion Meeting on Water Supply – wat – will again be held in Berlin. New features this year include the Europe Forum Gas and the Europe Forum Water.

With so much information it is not surprising that there has been a further sharp rise in interest in WASSER BERLIN / GAS BERLIN, especially on an international scale. In addition to exhibitors from Germany and abroad, and the presence of German industry associations and institutions, this year many associations from the new member countries of the EU will be represented on the Exhibition Grounds.

It all began in 1963 with the first "WASSER BERLIN – Exhibition and Congress". Over the years the programmes of the trade fair and the congress have been steadily expanded, and international organisations have also incorporated their own conferences and congresses in this event. The most recent milestone was the inclusion of the gas sector in 2000.

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