Social Programme

A full social and cultural programme is being arranged for delegates and accompanying persons, to give a chance to sample the best of Malaysian cuisine and to relax in an informal atmosphere with friends from the international hydro community.

Cultural Excursion

The half-day, pre-conference excursion offers the perfect opportunity to become oriented with Kuala Lumpur and to visit some of the key sights in the heart of the city. The tour will set off from the Shangri-La Hotel in the late morning and take delegates by mini coach around the city, to view some of KL’s historical and culturally important landmarks, including Merdeka Square, the National Monument, the splendid railway station built in 1910 (one of the city’s original colonial structures) and the National Mosque.

In contrast with the historical landmarks, there will be an opportunity to visit the Petronas Towers and walk the bridge that adjoins the two towers. The tour includes lunch at the revolving restaurant at the Kuala Lumpur communications tower. A tour guide will be available to provide information throughout the day, and to answer questions at each location. Delegates will return to the Shangri-La in the late afternoon.

Reception for Chairpersons & Speakers

After meetings and briefings about arrangements for the conference, those chairing or co-chairing sessions, and speakers presenting accepted papers, will be welcomed to a reception with a buffet supper at the elegant Chinese restaurant within the Shangri-La hotel. This will provide an opportunity for all session participants to meet and get to know each other other ahead of the sessions. Regular attendees will have an opportunity to catch up with old friends.

Welcome Reception

The reception will take place in the garden and elegant ground floor terrace area of the Shangri-La hotel. Drinks and a light buffet supper will be served, and this informal evening will be an opportunity to catch up with friends and make new contacts in the hydro industry.

Networking Party in the Exhibition

When the sessions have ended on the second day of the conference, all participants are invited to an informal party in the exhibition halls. The halls will be opening for an extra two hours, to provide an opportunity for all delegates to get around to some of the stands they may have missed during coffee and lunch breaks.

Exhibitors are invited to prepare special demonstrations of equipment, or to welcome key groups of delegates to their stand for drinks and to view material of special interest.

Final Dinner

The elegant Thean Hou Temple, a six-tiered Chinese temple, will be the venue for the ASIA 2023 Gala Dinner. Delegates will be able to enjoy apéritifs in the grounds with an opportunity to view the gardens, ornate statues, carvings, and water features. The dinner will be an international feast accompanied by traditional music and entertainment. It will be a memorable way to end the week of conference activities.

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 13 March

Registration, and Speakers' and Chairpersons' reception


Tuesday 14 March

Opening plenary, technical sessions, and Welcome Reception


Wednesday 15 March

Technical sessions continue, extended Exhibition networking


Thursday 16 March

Technical sessions, Farewell Dinner

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ASIA 2023

  • 14 - 16 March 2023
  • Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia