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Prof Mamounata Belem Ouédraogo, Hon. Minister of Hydraulic Infrastructure and Sanitation of Burkina Faso, with ICOLD President Adama Nombre, before the Opening Ceremony, in which she took part. The Hon. Minister also gave a keynote address in the session on Africa.
General view of the HYDRO 2014 participants during the Opening Ceremony. About 1400 delegates took part from 82 countries. All countries with major hydropower development programmes currently under way were represented.

Alison Bartle welcomes delegates to the conference, on behalf of Aqua-Media International. She gave an update on the status of global hydropower development, drawing attention to parts of the world where new projects were making a particular impact on social development. She then previewed the HYDRO 2014 programme, highlighting some of the new topics to be addressed this year.

Adama Nombre gives his opening address, on behalf of ICOLD. He reviewed recent progress in dam engineering, and also in public acceptance of dams. He then drew attention to future challenges for the less developed countries, and the global need for more water storage.

Sergio Grigatti, Operations Business Support Manager at ENEL (HYDRO 2014 Co-Host) welcomed delegates to his country, and gave an overview of the Italian hydropower business. He told delegates that ENEL operates 14 000 MW of hydro capacity in Italy, a further 9000 MW in Latin America, and 5000 MW on the Iberian peninsular. Many reservoirs built originally for hydropower now serve multiple purposes, he said.

Giovanni Ruggeri, President of the Italian National Committee on Large Dams, told delegates that there are around 540 large dams in Italy, with the majority having hydro production as the principal purpose. He described hydro as the “backbone of national renewable energy production”.

Jean-Michel Devernay, former Chief Hydropower Specialist at the World Bank, shared some reflections on the future of hydropower. He said: “Today there is little doubt that hydropower has a firm position as a prime contributor to the world’s energy security”, but he stressed the need to keep costs competitive. He also underlined the importance of regional collaboration.

Meike van Ginneken, Water Sector Leader for Africa at the World Bank, spoke of the Bank’s re-engagement in hydropower, but cautioned that other sources of finance would be essential for the future necessary ‘scale-up’ of hydro development. She also focused in her keynote address on the need to ensure good programmes for operation and maintenance of projects, especially in the less developed countries.

The ensemble ‘La Bottega della Musica’ from Milan plays Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar and Strings, as one of three musical interludes during the Opening Ceremony. Delegates also heard pieces by Rossini and Boccherini.

The panel of speakers in the session focusing on ‘Policies, developments and priorities for Africa’. The session was co-chaired by ICOLD President Adama Nombre, and Abdulhakim Mohamed of EEP, Ethiopia. A keynote address was given by Prof Mamounata Belem, Hon. Minister of Hydraulic Infrastructure and Sanitation of Burkina Faso, in which she gave an overview of the water and sanitation policy of her country.

Richard Badger, Deputy Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority, discussed the status of Ghana’s hydropower and upgrading programme. He described the country’s portfolio of hydro plants, including the recently commissioned Bui plant. He told delegates that hydro provides 56 per cent of the Ghanaian generation mix. While most attention had been focusing on major upgrades, he said there was still potential for new schemes on the White Volta, Pra and Oti rivers. “Ghana still remains a destination point to attract investors in the power generation industy”, he said.


Abdulhakim Mohamed, Assistant to the CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power, gave an update on the major programme of hydropower development underway in his country. He told delegates that a total of 24 hydro schemes had been identified for development in seven major river basins; these would have a total capacity of 13 106 MW, and produce nearly 59 TWh/year.

Dr Judith Plummer, of Cambridge University, UK, presents some opening remarks to the session on ‘Perception and management of risk’. She identified environmental, social, technical, institutional and political risks associated with hydropower development, and focused on the areas of most concern as a starting point for the session, which she co-chaired with Peter Rae of Canada.

The panel of speakers and co-chairs for the session on the ‘Perception and management of risk’. From left: Kevin Candee, Aqua Energie, USA; Alex Blomfield, King & Spalding, UK; (behind) Dr Stephen Sparkes, Statkraft, Norway; Nico Ruse, Fichtner, Germany; Peter Rae, Consultant, Canada; Dr Judith Plummer, Cambridge University, UK; and Mike McWilliams, Mott MacDonald, UK.

Michel de Vivo, Secretary-General of the International Commission on Large Dams, who co-chaired the session on ‘Maximizing the benefits of hydropower’, with Alessandro Palmieri. ICOLD was one of the main international supporting organizations for HYDRO 2014.

Alessando Palmieri, former Lead Dam Specialist at the World Bank, and Chairman of ICOLD’s Committee on Multipurpose Dams, co-chaired the session on ‘Maximizing the benefits of hydro’, and gave a talk in which he outlined the work of the ICOLD Committee.

Niels Nielsen, Joint Secretary of the Executive Committee of IEA Hydro, chaired one of three IEA sessions at HYDRO 2014, which dealt with ‘Hydropower and fish’. He outlined the work under way by the IEA Annex on this topic. During the Workshop, Nielsen also presented a paper on the applicability of fish-friendly turbines for hydro plants in the Lower Mekong basin.

Mr Polycarp H.F. Wong, Vice President – Hydro, at Sarawak Energy Berhad, Malaysia, gives delegates an update about the SCORE (Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy) initiative, as well as Sarawak’s regional energy vision for 2025. By 2025, he said, hydropower is scheduled to account for 75 per cent of the state’s energy mix. He described the next major projects which are to be implemented after the completion of the 944 MW Murum scheme, including Baleh and Baram, both of which will have installed capacities of 1180 MW.

Prof John Reynolds, UK, gave a keynote address in the session focusing on Asia, in which he discussed disaster preparedness for hydro projects in high mountainous areas. He presented case studies from China, India and Nepal. Reynolds mentioned that natural disasters in India and Nepal had resulted in huge economic losses, and had highlighted the lack of sufficient contingency response plans. He gave details of a new initiative of the World Bank and Japanese Government, aimed at enhancing capacity in this field.

Ms Tanushree Sharma, Managing Director of the India’s Council of Power Utilities, gave a comprehensive overview of the status of hydropower development in her country. She expressed a note of optimism about prospects for the power sector, since the recent election of the new Modi Government. Around 138 000 MW of hydro capacity could be developed, she said, of which clearance had already been given to three projects totalling 4500 MW. Several major projects were in the pipeline which would be developed in collaboration with Nepal, Sharma said.

Chairman and speakers for the session on ‘Dam and powerplant safety’. From left: F. Chillé, Gexcon, Italy; O. Westberg, Consultant, Norway; J. Brommundt, AF Consult, Switzerland; Dr H. Kreuzer, Consultant, Switzerland (who chaired the session); M. Kalabegishvili of the Georgian Technical University, Georgia; D. Wüthrich of LCH-EPFL, Switzerland; and, N. Ruse, Fichtner, Germany.

H. Irfan Aker, Chairman of the Board of Dolsar, Turkey, who chaired a session on ‘Project implementation and contractual aspects’. He made some introductory remarks, and there was then input to the session from India, Australia, Pakistan and France.

Barry Trembath, Consultant, Australia, (and formerly with the World Bank), gave a talk in the session on ‘Project implementation and contractual aspects’, in which he discussed risk allocation provisions in the EPC contract documents for the Vishnugrad Pipalkotti hydro scheme in India.

John Gummer of Hydro-Consult, Australia, introducing the session he chaired on ‘Hydraulic machinery’. This was a busy session, with ten presentations from the major manufacturing companies (such as Andritz, Alstom, Rainpower and Power Machines), as well as consultants and owner/operators. John Gummer also gave the first paper, which focused on the problem of local penstock resonance resulting from turbine operation, based on a case study in New Zealand.

Øivind Johansen, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Norway, gave a keynote address on ‘Hydropower’s role in a regional perspective’, in the session focusing on ‘Policies and developments in Europe’. Later in the conference he also co-chaired a session on ‘Hydro plant management’, with Marco Lauro of ENEL.

Dr Malcolm Dunstan, UK, chaired a session on ‘Civil works – Materials and design’. He also gave the keynote address in the session, reviewing world developments in RCC dam construction. He noted that 637 RCC dams were either complete or under construction in 62 countries. He observed that although each dam was unique with its own particular features, some ‘typical’ trends were emerging.

Dr Andy Hughes, UK, chaired the session on ‘Civil works – Monitoring and rehabilitation’. There was input to the session from India, Switzerland, France and Portugal. Dr Hughes also played an active role in the session on ‘Hydro expertise – Ensuring a legacy for the next generation’.

Bruno Trouille chaired a track of four sessions on pumped-storage, which he had helped to organize. During the day, the topics relating to pumped-storage covered: the integration of storage and renewable energy technologies; recent developments in technology; and, case studies. There was also a panel discussion which focused on emerging trends in pumped-storage.

Paulo Erbisti of Brazil, a world expert on hydraulic gates, chaired a session on the design and safety of gates. There were contributions from plant operators, manufacturing companies and international consultants from Korea, New Zealand, Spain and Italy.

The group of participants in one of two sessions on small hydropower. From left:
M. Steinkusz, ESHA, Belgium; G. Giudici, Milan Polytechnic, Italy; V. Hasmatuchi, HES-SO Valais, Switzerland; D. Tulloch, Petroleum Corporation, Jamaica; ESHA President M. Gospodjinacki (who chaired the session); J. Lochschmidt of Voith Hydro, Germany; and, C. Boggiano of assoRinnovabili, Italy
Philippe de Félix of Tractebel Engineering, France, chaired the session on ‘Hydro expertise – Ensuring a legacy for the next generation’. After presentations on educational programmes on hydro, and on the experiences of two young engineers as they embarked on their careers in hydro, there was a chance for students to discuss with experienced hydro engineers the prospects and challenges of opting for a career in hydro. The session aimed at identifying ways in which the profession could do more to encourage and motivate students and young engineers.
Steve Usher of Hydropower & Dams, UK, gave a talk entitled ‘A lens to the future’, in which he described his experience working on environmental aspects at the Nam Theun II scheme in Laos. Beside him is Prof A. Killingtveit of NTNU, Norway, who discussed recruiting European students for hydropower education through the ATHENS programme; 14 leading universities in Europe were participating in the programme, he said.
Prof H. Brekke, Emeritus Professor at NTNU, Norway, chaired the first session on ‘Hydraulic machinery’, in which he also presented a paper focusing on the design of Pelton turbines. There were also contributions to the session from Russia, the Czech Republic and Japan.
B. Hadjerioua, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, chaired one of the IEA Workshops, which focused on ‘Hydro plant rehabilitation and refurbishment’. He also gave the keynote address in this session, which described current and future potential upgrade programmes in the USA. Speakers outlined the work of the IEA Hydro Annex on renewal and upgrading of powerplants, and case studies were presented from Japan, Madagascar, Montenegro, Norway and Italy.
The speakers and chairman for the session on ‘Civil works – Challenging sites and tunnels’. From left: M. Eröz, Energisa, Turkey; A. Jóhannsson, Verkis, Iceland; Dr Yannis Thanopoulos, Consultant, Greece (who chaired the session);
H. Wannenmacher, Marti Holding Ltd, Switzerland; and R. Haselteiner, Björnsen Consulting Engineerings, Switzerland. Topics discussed ranged from a scheme built in the Arctic area of Greenland, to powerhouse foundations in complex site conditions, and the construction of an unlined pressure shaft.

Speakers in the session on ‘Hydropower and cultural heritage’. From left:
R. Bårveldt, Energy and Excellence, Norway; D. Fleetwood, Historic Scotland, UK (who chaired the session); M. Steinkusz, ESHA, Belgium; P.M. Ekerhovd, Hordaland County Council, Norway; Prof D. Williams, DAW Hydro, UK (and former CEO of BHA); P. Vasconcelos, EDP, Portugal; and M. Oglethorpe, Historic Scotland, UK.
Karin Seelos, of Statkraft, Norway, chaired one of the IEA Workshops, which was entitled ‘Valuing hydropower services’. She gave the introductory talk, on approaches to valuing power and non-power services provided by multipurpose hydropower schemes, beyond electricity generation. She also outlined the work of the IEA Annex on this subject during the session on ‘Maximizing the benefits of hydropower.’
E. Branche, of EDF France, contributed to three of the HYDRO 2014 sessions, discussing: the multiple uses of hydropower reservoirs, including some success stories as examples; hydropower and CDM, reporting on progress to date and future prospects; and, test cases in France in relation to multipurpose projects.
G. Mazza, ICOLD European Club, Italy, gave a talk on numerical modelling knowledge transfer between the generations, in the session on ‘Hydro expertise – Ensuring a legacy for the next generation’. This was based on the contribution to this topic by ICOLD’s Committee on Computational Aspects of Dam Analysis and Design.
Prof M. Kalabegishvili, of the Georgian Technical University, gave a presentation in the session on safety, which dealt with non-stationary thermal regime and cracking in arch dams. His talk referred to the Enguri dam in his country.
The Closing Ceremony of HYDRO 2014. In the foreground: H.E. Dr Mamanouta Belem, Minister of Hydraulic Works and Sanitation of Burkina Faso, with Dr Judith Plummer. Behind are: Alison Bartle of Aqua-Media, with some of the session chairmen who presented concluding remarks (from left): Adama Nombre, John Gummer, Bruno Trouille, Chirs Head, Philippe de Félix, Dr Harald Kreuzer, Prof Markus Aufleger, and Marko Gospodjinacki.
On the evening preceding the conference, speakers and chairmen arrive at Villa Antica after their meeting and briefing, to enjoy an apéritif before dinner.
The buffet supper for chairmen and speakers, at Villa Antica, following their pre-Conference briefing on 12 October.
Some of the delegates at the Welcome Reception on 13 October. A buffet supper was served in a marquee adjacent to Villa Gastel, by Lake Como.
International musical entertainment, during the HYDRO 2014 Welcome reception.
Two delegates from China relax with a drink during the Welcome Reception at Villa Gastel on 13 October.
Delegates visit the stand of Andritz in the Technical Exhibition during one of the refreshment breaks.
A reception at the Norwegian Pavilion took place during the HYDRO 2014 Technical Exhibition, after the sessions on 13 October.
Paulo Erbisti of Brazil visits the Profish stand, at the HYDRO 2014 Exhibition.

This year efforts were made to encourage more students and young engineers to attend the conference. International students participated in a special session on 14 October, where they could inter-act with engineers in the hydro profession. In the evening, a special social event was organized for them, to provide an extra networking opportunity at a bowling alley in Como.
Cyrille Tardy from Hef Durferrit was one of two winners of a bottle of champagne in the draw which took place at the Hydropower & Dams stand. He is shown here with H&D Sales & Marketing Manager, Lukas Port. The other winner was Dr Jurgen Brommundt of AF Consult, Switzerland.
Delegates arrive at Villa Antica for the apéritif before dinner, on the final evening of HYDRO 2014.
Alison Bartle thanks Sergio Grigatti of ENEL for his company’s support and input to HYDRO 2014, and for co-hosting the final dinner.
Delegates arriving at the Villa Erba Pavilion for dinner were greeted by dancers on stilts, who later began the evening’s enertainment by performing a short ballet to the music of Strauss.

As delegates took their seats for dinner, they listened to 'Libiamo ne' lieti calici' (the drinking song) from La Traviata; further performances of opera continued throughout the evening.
Brazilian and European delegates enjoy the HYDRO 2014 dinner.
General view of the final dinner.

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