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The speakers in the HYDRO 2012 Opening Ceremony. From left: Alison Bartle, Director, Aqua-Media International;
Dr  I. Azkuna, Mayor of Bilbao; Adama Nombre, President of ICOLD; A. Menoyo, Iberdrola; Marko Gospodjinacki, President, ESHA;  Jean-Michel Devernay, Chief Hydropower Technology Specialist, The World Bank; Ambassador Richard Jones, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency; and Albert Geber de Melo, Director-General of CEPEL, Brazil.

Some of the HYDRO 2012 delegates during the Opening Ceremony. About 1300 participants attended from more than 80 countries.


Ambassador Richard Jones launches the IEA’s Hydropower Technology Roadmap during the Opening Ceremony; this report, the culmination of two years of study, predicts a doubling of hydropower capacity over the next 40 years,
and a major investment in pumped storage.


Jean-Michel Devernay outlined current World Bank activities in the field of hydropower, demonstrating the Bank’s strong commitment to hydro for sustainable development.


Albert de Melo, speaking on behalf of Brazil’s Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, outlined Brazil’s perspective on hydro development, with emphasis on social and environmental management practices.

Marko Gospodjinacki gave a keynote address calling for an improved decision matric in European energy politics.


The panel of speakers for a session on Africa. From left ICOLD President Adama Nombre and Secretary-General Michel de Vivo, who co-chaired the session; Azeb Asnake of EEPCo, Ethiopia; Emmanuel Branche of EDF, France; and Joseph Kenfack of Cameroon.


Alessandro Palmieri, Lead Dam Specialist at the World Bank, gave a talk on managing the financial risks, referring to two key instruments for managing project risk: the Geotechnical Baseline Report, and the Project Risk Register.


Niels Nielsen, Joint Secretary of IEA – Hydropower, chaired the IEA-led session on the renewal and upgrading of hydro plants. Discussion were based on investigations into best practice in this field, undertaken by the IEA Hydropower International Annex. Nielsen also presented conclusions and outcomes from the three IEA sessions during the closing session of HYDRO 2012.


Claude Kayitenkore, Director of Energy at
Great Lakes Energy (Burundi/Rwanda/DRC),
contributed to a Workshop entitled
‘Financing hydro in the development world: the way ahead.’


R. J. Guale of Hydropower of Cahora Bassa discussed hydrological studies which have been carried out for the Cahora Bassa expansion scheme (North Bank power station).


Chris Head of the UK chaired a session on risk management and disputes resolution, and also the Workshop on financing hydro in the developing world. The latter brought together panelists from the African Power Corporation, the World Bank, EGL Burundi, Mott MacDonald and MWH Global.

Xaypaseuth Phomsoupha, of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Lao PDR, presented an update on hydropower development in Laos. He discussed in particular issues relating to bankable cross-border power purchase agreements for independent power producers.


Sandy Tickodri-Togboa, CEO of the Uganda Electricity Generation Co, discussed the harnessing of hydropower in his country, and focused on the need to remove ‘strategic bottlenecks’ so that economic development could be accelerated.

Jose Freitas, Deputy Head of Hydropower at EDP, Portugal, chaired a session on National perspectives on hydropower, and presented a paper himself on Portugal’s current major new and upgrade schemes, totaling more than 2000 MW.


Jose Polimon, President of the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams, spoke of the importance of training to close the generation gap, in the field of large dam engineering.

Prof Luis Berga, Honorary President of ICOLD, and Professor at UPC, Spain, chaired a session on Civil works – Materials and design. He stressed in his opening address that the availability of materials, their quality, and the characteristics of the site foundations, were the most important aspects in the selection and design of dam type. Prof Berga also participated in the discussion on ‘Closing the gap between experienced and junior staff; in that session he focused on‘mathematical models and the real world of dam engineering’.


Dr Harald Kreuzer of Switzerland co-chaired the session on dam safety, and also initiated and chaired the session on ‘Closing the gap between experienced and junior staff’.
In the latter, he gave a talk on ‘The deductive bias of learning from mathematical principles’.


Oivind Johansen, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Norway, chaired a session on marine energy, and the increasingly important topic of synergy between the renewables. Presentations included a description of the Mutriku wave energy plant near Bilbao, to a wind-hydro hybrid system being developed in the Canary Islands.


J-P. Chabal of Tractebel Engineering, France, and Chairman of ICOLD’s Committee on Environment, chaired one of the several sessions on environmental and social aspects.
His session included case studies from Brazil, Norway, Portugal and Spain.


Karin Seelos of Statkraft, Norway, chaired a session entitled ‘Hydropower Services’, based on the work of Annex IX of the IEA Hydropower International Annex, to investigate the services provided by hydro, to enhance understanding of the economic values of energy management (ancillary services provided to the grid), water management, and other socio-economic services. Her own contribution to the session focused on these last two subjects.


M.S. Iqbal of MWH, USA, gave a talk on hydropower development in Pakistan, and in particular the socio-economic benefits of some of the large projects under way at present. He mentioned one example, where the direct benefits of a large hydro scheme had helped a rural community where annual income had previously averaged $1000 per family, and where devastation had been caused
by the recent major earthquake.


The session on marine energy and synergy between the renewables, chaired by Oivind Johansen of the Norwegian Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. A. Killingtveit of Norway is shown here presenting his paper on a Norwegian research project on the use of Norwegian reservoirs to balance future wind power development in northeastern Europe.


Dr Peter Mason of MWH Global, UK, presented a guide to cost-effective spillways. He said that while various standardized types of stilling basins and other energy dissipaters were listed in textbooks and design guides, the guidance was generally centred around hydraulic performance based on model testing. Their practical large-scale application, taking into account operational problems over the years, was often not covered adequately.  His talk aimed to go beyond theoretical hydraulic performance and provide guidance on safe, while at the same time economic and practical application.


Dr Robin Charlwood, Chairman of ICOLD’s Committee on Concrete, chaired a session on problems of alkali aggregate reaction in dams and hydro plants. He reviewed recent developments in the management of chemical expansion in dams, and in a joint presentation with I. Sims of RSK Environment Ltd, proposed a new approach to the prevention of AAR in new dams. He had encouraged input to the session from E. Menendez-Mendez, Head of the Physical-Chemical Test Unit and the Institute of Construction Science Eduardo Torroja, Spain.

Sultan Alam of France chaired the session on managing reservoir sedimentation. Discussions were based on case studies from several European countries, as well as Lao PDR, Mozambique, Guatemala and Ecuador.


Bruno Trouille of MWH Global, USA, with Javier Palacios of Iberdrola, co-chairing the first of four sessions on pumped-storage. This first session covered new opportunities, including the potential for future schemes in Uruguay and Greece, as well as developments in multi-stage pump-turbines. Subsequent sessions on pumped storage dealt with case studies, with input on some of the major schemes in Switzerland, Spain and Germany, and technical innovation, with contributions from the main manufacturing companies. A panel discussion also took place, with open discussion encouraged among all those involved in the challenges of justifying and operating pumped-storage schemes.

Four of the speakers from the IEA session on managing GHG emissions, which was chaired by Albert de Melo of CEPEL, Brazil, and co-chaired by Niels Nielsen of IEA: from left, J. Machado Damazio of CEPEL, Brazil; J. Alm of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, A. Scanlon of Hydro Tasmania, Australia, and T. Schei of Statkraft, Norway. The session focused on the research activities being undertaken by the IEA Hydropower International Annex to investigate GHG emissions from freshwater reservoirs.


Frances Griffin, Director of Hydropower at Mott MacDonald, UK, chaired a session on advanced systems for powerplant management. Monitoring tools, power and energy modelling methods, and asset management support systems were discussed, with input from Switzerland, Portugal, UK and Poland.


Bryan Leyland chaired the final session on ‘Operational issues’.  The session had contributions from Russia, Ukraine, Spain, France, Italy and Norway. He made a lively contribution to many of the sessions, and presented a paper in the session on private hydro development, proposing an alternative approach to private hydro concessions. In the closing ceremony, tribute was paid to Bryan for attending the Hydro Conferences as a session chair for 30 years.


Dr Gabriella Vaschetti of Carpi Tech, presents details of geomembrane installations on the Iberian peninsula.


Dr Alberto Scuero, Director of Carpi Tech, Switzerland, responds to questions about geomembrane applications.

Dr Andy Hughes, Director of Dams and Water Resources at Atkins, UK, co-chaired a session on dam safety; he noted that discussions ranged from the theory of arch dam design to concerns about the performance of CFRDs. Much attention had also focused on remedial works at elderly dams.


Dr Myriam Sick of Andritz Hydro, Switzerland, gave a paper on flexible turbine operation. She discussed current solutions and new concepts for lifetime assessment in a wide range of operating points, with focus on Francis and pump turbine runners.


John B. Moe of Norconsult AS, Norway, discussed new operational practices to accelerate the modernization of existing hydro generating units.  His talk was based on thermodynamic turbine efficiency measurements carried out by his company on prototypes throughout the world over about 50 years.

The British Hydropower Association hosted a networking party with drinks and snacks at the British Pavilion in the lower Exhibition Hall, on Tuesday afternoon after the conference sessions.

General view of the HYDRO 2012 Exhibition Hall. This was one of the largest and busiest exhibitions in this series to date, with good feedback from participants on the many business contacts made.


Part of the lower exhibition area at the Euskalduna Congress Centre, during one of the Tuesday coffee breaks
(sponsored by Künz).


Delegates relax during a coffee break sponsored by ABB, in one of the HYDRO 2012 Exhibition Halls.

The Iberdrola booth in the HYDRO 2012 Exhibition. Iberdrola, Spain’s major hydropower utility, was the principal sponsor of the conference, co-hosting the final dinner at the Azurmendi restaurant, where the Head of Hydropower Generation, Javier Palacios, greeted the delegates. He also co-chaired one of the pumped-storage sessions. Iberdrola contributed to the programme on a number of technical subjects.


Delegates from Africa are briefed on self-lubricating bearing developments at the Federal Mogul Deva stand.


The booth of Studio Pietrangeli of Italy, where delegates could learn about the company’s current major projects in Ethiopia, and other recent contracts in Ecuador, Romania and Georgia.

Delegates visit the booth of D2FC of France, to learn about the company’s range of valves developed for hydropower applications.

View of the booth of Cotelsa, Spain. The company specializes in geophysical surveying systems, and ground penetration radar, which can be used for concrete inspections.

Visitors to the Andritz stand, during one of the lunch breaks. Examples of contracts for new and refurbishment schemes could be seen at the stand.
Andritz sponsored lunch at HYDRO 2012 on Monday, and made several contributions to the technical sessions on hydraulic and electrical machinery and pumped storage.


M. Villaro of Indar, Spain, discusses the company’s generating equipment.

An African delegation visits the booth of Talleres Aratz SA, Spain. The company specializes in turbine runners and other components for hydraulic machinery.

Cornelius Torkuhl of Walo, Switzerland, briefs visitors to the booth about the company’s expertise in dense asphaltic concrete linings for dams and reservoirs.

Networking in the exhibition area.  Many companies reported that useful contacts have been made for future business.

A reception with aperitifs and music provided by Norwegian artistes was  hosted by the INTPOW group of Norwegian companies. It took place at the Norwegian Pavilion in the HYDRO 2012 Exhibition Hall, after the sessions on Monday.


A renowned local men’s Choir greeted delegates with a traditional Basque welcome song, at the Welcome Reception, which took place at the Alhondiga cultural centre in Bilbao, on 29 October.

Traditional dancing from the rural areas of the Basque country amused delegates during the Welcome Reception at Alhondiga.

ICOLD President, Adama Nombre, presenting some concluding remarks in the HYDRO 2012 closing ceremony on 31 October. He also welcomed delegates to AFRICA 2013 in Addis Ababa on behalf of ICOLD (organizing partner with Hydropower & Dams).


John Gummer of Hydro-Consult, Australia, who had chaired a long session on hydraulic machinery, made some concluding remarks about the sessions on hydro technology (turbines, pump-turbines and generators).

Azeb Asnake of EEPCo (Project Manager of Gibe III), Ethiopia, warmly welcomed delegates to AFRICA 2013, taking place in her country next year. She spoke of the technical developments in Ethiopia, and also of the cultural and touristic sites which were awaiting visitors. The study tour will visit the Gibe I, II and III schemes, taking delegates through the Great Rift Valley.


Prof Markus Aufleger of the University of Innsbruck, Austria, welcomed delegates to HYDRO 2013 next year, on behalf of his University and also the national and regional power authorities. He spoke of the hydro and pumped-storage schemes which could be visited, and of the hospitality of the Tyrolean region.





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