Study Tours

Two Study Tours have been organized to follow the conferences (ASIA 2023 and ICDSME 2023). An outline is given below.

Sungai Perak cascade (3 days, 2 nights)

Day one: Saturday 18 March

The group will depart from the Kuala Lumpur hotels after breakfast, for a journey by road to Ipoh, in Perak state.

There will be three stops en route.  One will be for morning coffee, and the next to view a spectacular ‘cave temple’, where a large and ornate buddhist temple was created, in ancient times, within a limestone cavern. It has been beautifully preserved over the years, and there are frescoes and statues to be admired.

After lunch there will be a visit to Bukit Merah Orang Utan island, accessed by a 15 minute ferry ride across a lake. This is a rehabilitation/conservation centre for endangered orang utans, run by a scientific foundation. As well as providing a sanctuary for the animals, it is also a centre for research and education.

The group will continue to the Ipoh region, for dinner and two nights’ stay at the Haven Suites rainforest resort. Participants will have views over a lake, and the flora and fauna of the surrounding jungle.

Day Two: Sunday 19 March

The group will leave after breakfast for a drive along the course of the Sungai Perak, for the first technical visit, to Temengor dam and its hydropower plant; this is the furthest upstream and largest plant in the Sg Perak cascade development.

Temengor, with a 128 m-high rockfill embankment dam, was originally built specifically for hydropower (348 MW from four units, producing 870 GWh/year), but is now also an important fish-breeding site.

Lunch will be taken near the reservoir, followed by a short boat trip on the lake.

The second technical visit will be to the Bersia concrete gravity dam, a short distance away, downstream of Temengor. The dam has four gated spillway bays; its reservoir supplies a 72 MW powerplant, which began operation in 1983, and produces around 240 GWh/year.
In the afternoon, the group will travel back to the Haven resort for dinner, and the second overnight stay.

Day Three: Monday 20 March

After breakfast, the tour will head to the Chenderoh dam and hydro plant. Most of the route taken will be different from the previous day, this time passing through small villages and a completely rural landscape, with a chance to spot many species of birds, and interesting vegetation.

Chenderoh is the oldest dam in Malaysia. The hydro scheme, for the Lower Perak region, was considered the largest industrial undertaking in the Malay Peninsula at the time of its completion in 1930. The reservoir has an area of 25 km2, and the powerplant has an installed capacity of 40.5 MW, from five units.

After lunch, the group will travel back to Kuala Lumpur, where the tour will end.

Tour prices:
Single room at the resort: US$ 680
Share of a twin room: US$ 550

Prices include overland travel in six-seater vehicles, two nights’ accommodation, all meals, the services of a tour guide, and entrance fees for visits.


Klang Gates dam, SMART tunnel and Petrajaya

One-day excursion hosted by MYCOLD

This one-day trip will take delegates to see a water supply dam within the Kuala Lumpur area, and a multipurpose tunnel. Klang Gates dam is a concrete arch structure with a central spillway, and was Malaysia’s first water supply dam when completed in 1958. It is the main water source for the Klang valley.

There will also be a chance to visit Malaysia’s 9.7 km-long Stormwater Management And Road Tunnel (SMART). The tunnel was built to solve the problem of flash floods in Kuala Lumpur and to reduce traffic jams. It is the longest multipurpose tunnel in the world, and received the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award.

There will then be time for a short tour of Putrajaya garden city, 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur, which has been the seat of the Malaysian Government since 1999

NB: This trip must be booked through MYCOLD, at:

• Participants of both tours should extend their stay in KL to include the night of Friday 17 March. Friday can be spent attending MYCOLD’s dam safety conference (details on the website given above), or at leisure in KL.

• Those not taking night flights home after the tours can book an extra night in KL, at the special conference rates.

About ASIA 2023

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