Water andhydropoweron the cards

High-level international delegates to gather in Windhoek.

27 January 2019 | Events

The international world water and renewable energy community meets in the capital in April to discuss water resources and hydro-electric power development.

The three days of discussion are preceded by training workshops and seminars, with the Namibian Ministries of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and of Mines & Energy, as well as NamWater and NamPower participating, along with high level utility representatives from other parts of the world.

The event is an ideal opportunity to promote Namibian and African expertise in the field of hydropower and water resources development, and for interaction with international delegates.

According to the organisers, convening in Namibia facilitates participation from the southern African region, with around 650 international delegates from about 50 countries expected to attend. Experts from all parts of the world will focus on issues of particular relevance to the African region with technical, financial, environmental and social issues being covered.


International delegates will have the opportunity to take a tour to the Naute, Oanab, Neckartal and Hardap dam projects. There will also be a post-conference study tour to the Ruacana project, with a visit to Etosha National Park.

There are also be discussions on some of the large regional hydropower projects which are part of the AU and UNECA's Programme of Infrastructure Development for Africa initiative, and a special session will be devoted to Lesotho Highlands II. High on the agenda is climate resilience, dam and powerplant safety, project finance, research and development, maintenance and capacity building.

Other topics include project preparation, the latest hydro equipment technology, challenging sites, cross-border collaboration, project rehabilitation, flood management, small hydro, environmental and social aspects, pumped storage, spillways, hydro in synergy management, and electrical engineering. A major international technical exhibition with at least 80 stands and companies from 40 countries will run alongside the conference, showcasing innovation in the industry.

The conference is organised by Aqua-Media International, publisher of the International Journal on Hydropower & Dams with readers in 180 countries around the globe.

In attendance

Says Alison Bartle of Aqua-Media: “After our previous successful African regional events in Ethiopia in 2013 and Morocco in 2017, we are delighted to be bringing this multidisciplinary forum to southern Africa, where so many large-scale schemes are under way or moving ahead, for example in Angola, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania.”

She said that Namibia is an ideal base for the conference, with the Neckartal dam recently completed, and the 400 MW Baynes project being jointly planned with Angola.

“Constructive discussions are scheduled to take place with the aim of furthering Africa's hydropower development. Unlocking more of the continent's vast potential is the key to poverty alleviation and rapid socio-economic development.

This kind of dialogue among international experts can help turn policies into practice.”

The event is being organised and hosted in partnership with the International Commission on Large Dams, and it has the support of the African Union, UNECA, NEPAD, SAPP, the International Energy Agency, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage; teams from the World Bank, IFC and Africa Development Bank will be participating.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.hydropower-dams.com/africa-2019.

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