Study Tours

Two post-Conference study tours are being organized, and full details will be announced shortly (confirmed itineraries will be announced soon).

Tour A: Neckertal, Naute, Oanab, Hardap

The group will travel by luxury coach to the south of the country, to visit the 76 m-high Neckertal RCC dam now nearing completion, which will be impounding at the time of the visit. The principal
purpose of the dam is irrigation water supply; the reservoir will have a full gross capacity of 857 x 106m3. The concrete volume of the dam, being built by Salini-Impregilo for the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, is about 1 x 106m3. En route to Neckeral, it is planned to stop to view the Oanab and Naute dams. On the return journey to Windhoek, there will be a visit to the Hardap dam, a 34 m-high CFRD with an asphaltic concrete facing. It has a central concrete spillway equipped with four radial gates.

Neckertal RCC dam

Tour B: North, to Etosha and Ruacana

The group will travel by luxury coach north from Windhoek, making a stop at the world-famous Etosha National Park, where it is planned to have an overnight stay. Etosha was established in 1907 and today stands at 22 912 km2, with 23 per cent of this area being covered by a large salt pan, which is a unique natural feature and leads to exceptional opportunities for viewing wildlife.
The group will head on to the Ruacana hydro station. Originally commissioned in 1978, the underground Ruacana plant was equipped with three Francis turbines with a total installed capacity of 240 MW. A fourth unit was added, by Andritz Hydro, in 2009. After more than 33 years of operation, NamPower decided in 2013 to refurbish the original three turbines to improve the hydraulic performance of the runners in terms of efficiency and maximum power output. A new control system has also been provided.

Ruacana hydro station

Conference Programme

AFRICA 2019 will be the third international conference focusing on water storage and renewable energy development in Africa, co-hosted by Aqua~Media International and the International Commission on Large Dams.

The two main utilities, NamWater and NamPower, welcome international experts to come and exchange experience on key topics relating to water storage and renewable energy. Namibia has experienced a period of exceptional growth and economic stability (IMF Annual Report 2017), making it a prime destination for investments in the hydro sector.


Monday 1 April

Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons’ & Speakers meetings and reception.


Tuesday 2 April

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Wednesday 3 April

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Thursday 4 April

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors


  • 2 - 4 April 2019
  • Windhoek - Namibia
Gilkes - water-to-wire solutions
Gilkes - Water-to-wire solutions