Arachne’s site survey21 August 2000
E-Red Publishing, in partnership with the UK’s Department of Trade & Industry, have launched a new site, www.poweruk.com, that details power contracts around the world.
The site has been developed to promote business for UK firms through the Overseas Power Project Opportunities database. Within the database are listings for power projects worldwide including - where available - contact details. Projects are related to power generation, transmission, distribution and other opportunities associated with the deregulation and liberalisation of the global power markets. The database is searchable for the type of project of interest and geographical area and also contains a breakdown of regional or country power sectors, it is open to any company registered or based in the UK.
There are several additional sections to the site including a news section that is not up and running yet, a database for contact details of UK trade bodies and other organisations and a calendar of events. There is also an open forum, a similar platform for members only, and an interactive map that will allow projects within a certain geographical area to be assessed. The company also intends to develop a project archive that will include those facilities that have begun commercial operation.
One comment, filed on the open forum, which came from John Twiddel, suggested that although the site would undoubtedly prove useful, there was some unnecessary text, such as the opening introductory page to the site.
Although similar services and sites have previously been developed this web-site is the first of its type in the UK and has been backed by the Department of Trade and Industry through a unit of British Trade International established this year, Trade Partners UK.
Annual membership and subscription costs £470 ($715).