Study Tours

Three options will be available for those wishing to visit some hydro and pumped-storage plants, and associated hydraulic works, in Poland.

Tour A / One Day

For delegates who are short of time but would like to see a major powerplant within a day, Tour A will be a local excursion to the 680 MW Zarnowiec pumped-storage plant. Completed in 1983 and upgraded between 2007 and 2011, it is the largest hydro installation in Poland, housing four 170 MW Francis pump-turbines. There will be a technical briefing at the powerplant, and then a tour, including a visit to the upper reservoir.

There will be a bus transfer to a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a visit to the ‘Kashubian Eye’. Set in attractive gardens, this is an observation tower offering views over the surrounding countryside.

A bus journey will offer the option to take participants back to the airport or Gdansk city centre.

Zarnowiec pumped storage plant
Zarnowiec pumped-storage plant

Tour B / Three Days

The first day of this tour will be the same as Tour A, with the groups joining to visit the Zarnowiec pumped-storage plant.

In the late afternoon, Tour B participants will travel to the charming seaside town of Sopot (about 20 minutes by road from the centre of Gdansk), to check in to the hotel on the coast where the group will stay for three nights.

On the second day, after breakfast, the tour will leave for a short bus journey to the first in a series of small hydro plants in the Radunia cascade development, operated by Energa and constructed between 1920 and 2005. It is planned to visit the Straszyn (2.45 MW), and Bielkowo (7.2 MW) schemes. The Radunia river is a tributary of the Motlawa, which flows into the Gulf of Gdansk. A total head of 162 m is available along the 103 km-long river, and the nine small plants have a total capacity of 14 MW.

The group will travel back to Sopot, stopping at the Oliwa Cathedral for the midday organ recital, followed by lunch in Sopot. The afternoon will include a walking tour of Sopot to learn about the town and visit Europe’s longest wooden pier. Dinner will be held at a local restaurant.

The third day will provide a chance to visit Biała Góra followed by a visit to Szonowo lock and small hydro plant. The tour will then travel to Malbork Castle for lunch, after which a guided tour of the Teutonic Order castle will be given. Participants will return to their hotel to have dinner at a restaurant in Sopot.

The tour will end after breakfast on the fourth day.

Bielkowo hdyro plant
Malbork Castle
Malbork castle

Tour C / Three Days

After breakfast, the group will depart around 08.00 hrs for a bus journey of slightly more than two hours, to the 160 MW Wloclawek powerplant on the Vistula river, which is the largest classical hydro plant in Poland. There will be refreshments, a briefing, and a technical tour. The group will then travel further south, with a picnic lunch en route, followed by a sightseeing tour of the Jasna Gora sanctuary.

In the afternoon the journey will continue to Bielsko Biala for dinner and an overnight stay.

The second day will start with a visit to the Porabka-Zar pumped-storage plant, operated by PGE. After a welcome with refreshments and a technical briefing, there will be a visit to the plant, including the upper and lower reservoirs. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant, after which the tour will continue to the Swinna Poreba flood protection and hydro dam, on the Skawa river, operated by RZGW Krakow. The group will have dinner at the Spisz Mansion, close to the Niedzica powerplant.

On the third day after breakfast, the group will drive a short distance to Niedzica dam and powerplant, for a briefing and guided technical tour.

The tour will continue to the picturesque town of Krakow, for lunch in the Kazimierz district, followed by an afternoon tour of some of the key sites in the charming old town, including the market square, and the Wawel Royal Castle and market square.

Dinner will be held in the market square, followed by an overnight stay nearby, where the tour will end after breakfast the following day.

Wloclawek powerplant
Wloclawek powerplant
Study tour - pumped storage plant
Porabka-Zar pumped-storage plant

Conference Programme

HYDRO 2018 will be held in Gdansk, Poland. Technical sessions, bringing together experts from across the world, will be held on issues currently faced by the international hydropower and dams community.

The Polish utility Energa is planning a new cascade development on the Vistula river, and plans are also taking shape for a major new trinational inland navigation scheme, which could pave the way for new low-head run-of-river hydro schemes to move ahead. Poland is an ideal meeting point in central Europe, improving access for many of its neighbouring countries, who will join the regular attendees from the world hydropower community.


Sunday 14th October

Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons’ & Speakers meetings and reception.


Monday 15th October

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Tuesday 16th October

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Wednesday 17th October

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors

HYDRO 2018

  • 15 - 17 October 2018
  • Gdansk - Poland