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The group will travel by luxury coach to the northwest of the country, to visit the Sungai Perak cascade development. The first technical visit will be to the Chenderoh dam which is the oldest dam and hydroelectric powerplant in Malaysia. The dam was constructed in the mid-1920s as the hydro scheme for Lower Perak and was
considered the largest industrial undertaking in the Malay Peninsula at that time. The main dam is at el. 50 m. The powerplant has an installed capacity of 40.5 MW, from five units.
After the visit, the tour will continue to the Belum Rainforest Resort which is one of Malaysia’s leading ecotourism resorts, surrounded by tropical vegetation. With the Belum-Temengor Rainforest literally at their doorstep, guests at the resort will have a rare opportunity to experience the soothing beauty and mystery of the vast jungle, which has remained untouched for centuries. This will be the group’s base for the next two nights.
On the second day, the group will visit the third largest dam in Malaysia, Temengor. The dam was built principally for hydroelectric power. Lake Temengor has also become a major fish breeding site. After a technical briefing and tour, the group will have lunch and an afternoon exploring Royal Belum park, visiting the 60 salt licks around the area as well as having an opportunity to see the rare rafflesia flower.
On the morning of the third day, there will be a visit to the Kenering dam, which has a 120 MW powerplant.
The group will travel by luxury coach to the northeast of the country to Kuala Terengganu, stopping for lunch along the way before arriving at the Kenyir dam, for a briefing and site visit. The dam is 150 m high above its foundation, and has a crest length of 800 m; the fill volume is 15.2 x 106m3. After the visit, guests will check into the 4-star Primula Beach resort in the heart of Kuala Terengganu, overlooking the east coast. This will be the group’s base for two nights.
On the second day, the next technical visit will be to the Puah dam, an earthfill structure which is a key element of the Hulu Terengganu hydroelectric complex. Puah dam was completed and handed over to the owner (Tenaga Nasional Berhad) on 18 December 2015. The associated powerplant houses two 125 MW generating units. After a briefing and a tour of the dam and powerplant, the group will travel on to Pengkalan Gawi for lunch, before taking a relaxing boat trip on Kenyir Lake.
The third day will allow participants to enjoy the local culture, starting with a visit to the Kuala Terengganu drawbridge; this is the first drawbridge to be built in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and was constructed by Zelan Construction Sdn Bhd. Construction of the bridge began in August 2014 and was completed in mid-2019. After this visit, the group will travel on to the Kenyir Elephant Sanctuary which was built in 2012 on a 256 ha site, of which 90 per cent has been left in its natural forest state, to provide a home for the elephant orphans who live there. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and then the group will depart to the airport for the flight back to Kuala Lumpur.
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.
Registration, and Speakers' and Chairpersons' reception
Opening plenary, technical sessions, and Welcome Reception
Technical sessions continue, extended Exhibition networking
Technical sessions, Farewell Dinner