The Venue

HYDRO 2019 will take place in the Alfândega (Old Customs House) conference centre, a building full of history and character, beside the Douro river. It is close to the historical centre of town, and to numerous hotels in all categories, where rooms will be blocked for delegates.

Located in the northwest of Portugal, on the estuary of the majestic Douro river, and close to most of the major hydro and pumped-storage developments, Porto is an ideal meeting point. As those who took part at HYDRO 2004 will know, it is an amazing city. It is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical centre was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

The city is built on the steep northern bank of the Douro, and radiates out to the Atlantic to the west and the ports of Matosinhos and Leça in the north. Many points of interest are within the area between the riverside Ribeira district and the central Avenida dos Aliados. In this area there is a maze of medieval alleys, old world shops, cobbled streets and baroque monuments which define the city.

The 900 year old city of Porto, which won the title of best European destination in 2017 (as well as in 2012 and 2014), is also known as the ‘city of bridges’. The most famous is the 72 m-high Dom Luis bridge, completed in 1886. The Ponte do Infante bridge, with with a 280 m span, is the world’s largest single span concrete bridge. Further east is Gustave Eiffel’s Ponte Dona Maria Pia, an iron railway bridge which was used up until 1991 when it was replaced by the adjacent Ponte de São João with its 3 concrete arches.

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