Several pre-conference workshops will be held in Kuala Lumpur. Details can be found below but as places are limited, it is important to register as soon as possible.

Private sector role in future hydropower / Half day, afternoon (7 December)

Led by Dr Judith Plummer-Braeckman, University of Cambridge, UK

Hydropower is cost effective and can offer many additional benefits beyond power generation. However, these projects are highly capital-intensive and site-specific, with a long preparation phase, lengthy construction period, and multiple environmental and social concerns. As a result, they are often regarded as risky investments, especially by private sector investors, making it difficult to attract financing for new projects. Yet hydropower accounts for the largest share of renewable energy generation globally and will, as such, play a key role in facilitating the transition to a zero-carbon economy and improving energy access in emerging markets. It could also support the transition to a greater proportion of intermittent renewables in electricity grids through providing energy storage and grid stability services. The limited nature of public resources means that more private sector financing will be needed in the future to facilitate this transition. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) will present a workshop which aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, with an interest in finance, to discuss the role that the private sector may play in future investment in hydropower. In particular, we will review the finance options together with the risks and possible risk mitigation strategies. The discussion will offer the participants an opportunity to pursue the current thinking around these topics as well as have an input to the subsequent stages of our research on the financing of hydropower projects.

Design a small hydro plant in a day / Full day (7 December)

Led by Prof David Williams and Gordon Black, Learning Hydro, UK, and sponsored by Gilkes, UK

Many factors are considered in the design and construction of the optimum hydropower project. All parts of a scheme are interrelated and interdependent. Change one component and all others will be affected. This workshop, following successful ones held in Vientiane, Montreux, Marrakech, Seville, Danang, Gdansk and Namibia, is aimed at people who are, or will be, involved in hydropower development as part of rural electrification programmes. It will cover run-of-river hydro projects in the ‘pico’ to ‘mini’ range (1 kW to 1 MW capacity). As this is a diverse form of energy production, there are always areas which are unfamiliar to people, despite many individual specialisms. This workshop aims to fill in the gaps, and help people to gain a good basic grounding in the topic. All relevant aspects will be covered, from rainfall to energy evaluation, including:

  • Analysis of scheme location and definition of potential catchments;
  • Turning rainfall into an available flow range from a catchment and development of a flow duration curve;
  • Power and energy generated calculation;
  • Intake structures, channel and/or pipeline routes and sizing;
  • Powerhouse design and equipment;
  • Turbine selection;
  • Generator, controls and switchgear options; and,
  • Grids, national and local. This will be a ‘hands-on’ workshop, which will involve the participants, working in groups, to develop an actual hydropower project during the day. After presentations on the individual scheme aspects, the groups will put together the components of the project. This will follow through to the completed design.

Three training workshops coordinated by MYCOLD

We are pleased to share details of the three workshops organized by MYCOLD, which will run during ASIA 2020 and can be booked during the registration process. Although we will be providing some administrative support, the workshops are independent of ASIA 2020 and any queries about the workshops should be directed to MYCOLD.

Predictive maintenance for dam assets

Speakers and workshop content to be announced.

Erosion and sediment control plan, Shangri-La Hotel

Led by Ir. Azman Abu Bakar

Sediment is a major pollutant in waterways. Sediment-laden runoff increases the total suspended solid (TSS) and turbidity (NTU) of the receiving waterways. Uncontrolled earth disturbance, deforestation and construction activities, exposed to rainfall and runoff, cause excessive erosion and sedimentation to the environment. The larger the exposed earth disturbance the higher risk of water pollution which can adversely impact the public health, safety and welfare. Therefore, qualified erosion and sediment control plan (ESCP) preparers must produce designs that allow proper management of earth disturbance activities including the associated processes and soils, and operators/ contractors must follow the plans and specifications, to minimize water pollution and prevent water quality violation.

The course will focus on preparing an effective ESCP based on a systematic approach, ESCP implementation and best management practices (BMPs) inspection and reporting for water pollution risks mitigation. The course will help the participants to gain the practical knowledge and skill sets needed to deal with issues/challenges as well as the applicable regulatory requirements related to erosion and sediment control (ESC) and storm water pollution prevention.

Flood evaluation and dam safety

Speakers: Datin Prof. Ir. Dr. Lariyah Mohd Sidek, President of MYCOLD and Professor, Institute of Energy Infrastructure, UNITEN; and, Rahsidi Sabri Muda, Principal Researcher, Unit Head for Civil engineering & Geoinformatics, TNB Research Sdn Bhd

This one day workshop will provide a technical engineering training programme prior to the detailed technical evaluations done at TNB hydro stations. On completion of the course, the participants should have a good understanding of:

• Hydrological analysis
• Modelling using statistics and frequency distribution to calculate PMP, PMF and develop Flood Hazard Maps using MIKE 1D and MIKE2D
• Flood hazard maps produced from modelling

Conference Programme

The Aqua~Media International team, with the support of the Malaysian Government, the Malaysian Committee on Large Dams, and the State Power utilities, welcomes the global water and energy community to the vibrant, multi-cultural city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Peninsular Malaysia, as well as Sarawak and Sabah, have wide experience of large and small hydropower development and multipurpose dams. Study tours will visit to some of the large cascade developments in Peninsular Malaysia. Hydropower supplies about 20 per cent of Malaysia’s approximately 34 GW of installed capacity, with hydro supplying more than 20 TWh/year. The Government is strongly committed to increasing the share of renewable energy in the country’s generation mix, with a target to add 4 GW of renewables across the thirteen states by 2030.

The country has about 104 large dams. The most recently completed in Peninsular Malaysia are the Puah dam for the 250 MW Hulu Terengganu powerplant (completed in 2015), and Susu RCC dam for the 372 MW Ulu Jelai hydro plant (commissioned in 2016) The latest large scheme going ahead in Sarawak is the 188 m-high Baleh CFRD, following the completion of Bakun and Murum. Some of the most important schemes in Peninsular Malaysia will be visited during post-Conference study tours.


Monday 7 December

Registration, and Speakers' and Chairpersons' reception


Tuesday 8 December

Opening plenary, technical sessions, and Welcome Reception


Wednesday 9 December

Technical sessions continue, extended Exhibition networking


Thursday 10 December

Technical sessions, Farewell Dinner

Industry co-sponsors

ASIA 2020

  • 8 - 10 December
  • Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
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