HENRI 2016

Hydro Energy New-build, Refurbishment and Investment
International conference and exhibition focused on hydro energy deployment in Nepal, Bhutan and India

Katmandu, 5/6 July 2016

Event overview:

Nepal has some of the best hydro-power development prospects anywhere but the first significant step to utilize those resources did not begin until recently.

Demand for electricity in Nepal has been increasing by about 7% a year, but only about 40% of the population of 28 million has access to power through grid and off-grid systems.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, development of its 83 GW of hydropower potential has emerged as a key opportunity for rebuilding a country that was already struggling to meet its electricity demand. The earthquake damaged approximately 177 MW in total, all which are projects below 45 MW. Nepal has nonetheless placed further focus on small and micro-hydropower development. As many as 2000 MW capacity worth new power purchase agreements (PPAs) have been signed, which goes to show the potential and promise of small hydropower projects.

Because most electricity is produced by run-of-the-river systems, there is an excess of power in the monsoon season and a serious deficit in the dry season. Only one existing power project can store water to tide it through the dry season.

Nepal could produce 80 gigawatts of electricity from hydro, though only about half of that is considered economically viable at the moment.

Exploitation of Nepal’s 6,000 Himalayan rivers, purpose-built by geography to supply the energy-starved Indian market, has been hampered by political upheaval and a Maoist insurgency that have only recently been overcome.

The Ministry of Energy of Nepal has announced that it will soon sign power development agreement (PDA) with hydropower projects with capacity below 500 MW. The government will sign PDAs with projects that have already submitted completed documents.

According to ministry officials, six hydropower projects have already applied for PDA while a dozen more have been waiting for the agreement for the past three years. The ministry had not been able to sign agreements with the projects due to lack of working procedure earlier.

The government has already formed a PDA negotiation committee. The PDA can be signed only after the power developer has completed the technical and financial analysis, detailed engineering study, environmental impact assessment and documents related to power purchase agreement (PPA) and connection agreement with Nepal Electricity Authority.

The organisers of the Hydro energy new-build, refurbishment and investment HENRI 2016 conference and expo are pleased to announce that this year Nepal has been selected as the host of the event. The two-day event will see participants discuss numbers of issues ranging from policy framework and current challenges in hydropower development to domestic grid network and cross-border transmission linkages.

Over 200 hydro energy executives from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Germany, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey and other countries are expected to take part on the event.

Why attend

  • A fully packed programme of high profile speakers
  • Excellent networking with the who’s who of the regional and international hydro energy industry
  • Technology update in the exhibition area
  • Extensive finance advice on developing commercially bankable hydro energy projects with case studies
  • Learn about local hydro energy development and profitability
  • Hear from and meet top hydro energy experts

Target group

The event is best suited for senior officers and executives with responsibilities in the financing aspects and decision-making processes related to hydropower projects.