Study Tours

Two Study Tours will take place after the conference. Full details can be found below and the tours can be booked during registration.

TOUR A - NORTH / Two nights, three days (17-19 October)

On the first day the group will leave Porto after breakfast, and travel northeast by coach, stopping in the historic town of Amarante, for coffee and a tasting of local sweets at the Confeitaria da Ponte. Then the tour will continue to the 108 m-high Foz Tua concrete arch dam and 270 MW powerplant on the river Tua. The plant is equipped with two reversible units. There will be a technical briefing and tour around the facilities.
After lunch at Calça Curta, the second technical visit will be to the recently completed Baixo Sabor scheme. Originally planned as a single facility, Baixo Sabor now comprises a cascade development of two dams and pumped-storage plants. The group will be briefed on the design of this project.
The overnight stay will be in the picturesque town of Régua, in a Port wine producing area by the Douro.
On the second day the group will travel on, via the picturesque town of Pinhão (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the Frades I and Frades II plants, which are part of the Cávado-Rabagão-Homem cascade development. Frades II is equipped with two 390 MW variable speed pump-turbines,the largest and most powerful of their type.
After lunch the tour will continue to the Alto Rabagão powerplant. This is the world’s first scheme where floating solar panels have been installed on the reservoir, which work in tandem with the hydro plant.
The overnight stay will be in the city of Braga. The city is one of the oldest in the country, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Rome of Portugal’, because of the number of churches, including the oldest Portuguese cathedral. Braga has a grand town square, and nearby is the elegant Garden of Santa Barbara.
On the third day there will be a short walking tour in Braga, and then a visit to the charming historic town of Guimarães, which is considered to be the ‘birthplace of Portugal’; for some years it was the capital of the country. The centre of town is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. After lunch the tour will return to Lisbon.
(An optional extra night’s stay can be arranged, which will not be covered by the tour price).

Foz Tua concrete arch dam

TOUR B - SOUTH / Three nights, four days (17-20 October)

The tour will begin with a short visit to EDP’s Telecommand centre in Porto, from which 80 hydro plants are controlled.
The group will then travel on to the 89 m-high, 400 m-long, Aguieira multiple arch dam and 336 MW pumped-storage plant on the Mondego river.
Completed in 1981, the dam serves for hydropower production, flood control, irrigation and water supply.
The group will then continue to the beautiful town of Coimbra for lunch, and an afternoon walking tour which will include a visit to the country’s oldest and most prestigious university. Dinner and the overnight stay will be in Coimbra.
The second day will start with sightseeing in the picturesque town of Tomar, one of the most appealing small towns of Portugal. There will be a quick visit to the famous Convento de Cristo, before continuing the journey to the Castelo do Bode arched gravity concrete dam and powerplant, on the Zêzere river, a tributary of the Tagus. It has a 138 MW powerplant.
Lunch will be at the Leopoldina Tavern.
In the afternoon the tour will travel to the elegant town of Évora,the capital of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region. The day will end with a short guided tour, dinner, and an overnight stay in Évora . In the city’s historic centre the ancient Roman Temple of Évora (also called the Temple of Diana) can be seen. Nearby, whitewashed houses surround the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure constructed in the 12th century.
On the third day, the group will travel to the Alqueva multipurpose dam and hydro plant, for a technical briefing and tour, and then lunch beside the reservoir.
The group will then go on to Lisbon in the late afternoon where a trip may be organized to EDP’s Digital Programming Centre.
There will be an overnight stay in Lisbon, where the tour will end.

Aguieira multiple arch dam

Conference Programme

HYDRO 2019 will be the 26th in our annual series of hydro conferences, and the third to take place in Portugal, following HYDRO 2004 in Porto, and HYDRO 2010 in Lisbon. Portugal is an ideal European host country for the global hydropower community, with a wealth of experience and expertise to share, in all forms of hydropower, from large-scale pumped-storage plants to large and small run-over-river installations. The country has about 7200 MW of installed hydro capacity, and typically hydro contributes more than 15 000 GWh/year of electricity.


Sunday 13th October

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


Monday 14th October

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Tuesday 15th October

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Wednesday 16th October

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors

HYDRO 2019

  • 14 - 16 October 2019
  • Porto - Portugal