Aqua~Media International Ltd is the publisher of The International Journal on Hydropower and Dams, and the organizer of the HYDRO, ASIA and AFRICA event series.
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.
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:
Led by Tony Bennett and Clare Raska, Canadian Dam Association
This will provide an overview of the process presented in Technical Bulletin: Dam Safety Reviews (CDA 2016). Participants will gain an understanding of the roles and expectations of the Dam Owner and the Review Engineer, as well as the context of the Dam Safety Review within a dam safety programme or management system. The workshop outlines the steps that should be carried out by a Dam Owner in preparation for a Dam Safety Review, the activities undertaken by the review engineer during the process, and the need for follow-up by the owner after the report has been delivered. During the workshop, participants will use a fictional case study in group exercises to demonstrate:
Led by Ir Sazali Osman, Ir Rajaselvam a/l Govindaraju, Ir Dr Mohd Zaharifudin Muhamad Ali, Mohamad Hafiz Hassan, Noor Marzilah Maulad Binti Abdul Mutalib, Department of Irrigation & Drainage, Malaysia
A comprehensive and effective flood forecasting and warning system is essential for counties facing frequent flood events such as monsoon floods, flash floods or high tide floods. Although the technology of flood forecasting has been developed over the past 30 years, obtaining fast and accurate flood forecasts remains a major challenge. In this context, the workshop will discuss the procedures for developing a flood forecasting and warning system based on the latest approaches with the use of ICT technology and the latest modelling methods to ensure that flood alerts generated beneficial to flood victims.
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.
Led by Tony Bennett and Clare Raska, Canadian Dam Association
The Emergency Management for Dam Safety Workshop is a process to assist dam owners in preparing emergency preparedness and response plans, in order to serve the basic needs of the owner, community first responders, and those who regulate dam safety. The workshop provides an understanding roles and responsibilities of the dam owner and stakeholders, focusing on the importance of community engagement and the ways to promote community resilience.
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 62 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.
Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons’ & Speakers meetings and reception.
Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.
Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.
Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.