Kathmandu, October 29
Following the success of the first Himalayan Hydro Expo in 2018, Independent Power Producers’ Association – Nepal (IPPAN) and Expo and Event Management Services jointly announced today that they will be organising the second edition of the exhibition next year in the Capital.
The second edition of the Himalayan Hydro Expo will be organised on January 18-20, at Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu.
According to Shailendra Guragain, president of IPPAN, the expo will provide a platform for stakeholders in the sector to share the knowledge that they have gained over the years. “We also believe that it will help the government to achieve the targets that it has set in energy sector,” he said.
The exhibition will see the participation of various stakeholders like hydropower developers, solar power developers, equipment manufacturers, financing agencies, insurance companies, consulting firms, contractors and engineers. Since the event will bring together stakeholders involved over a wide spectrum of the energy generation sector, it is expected to synergise the energy development goals of the country.
The first edition of the Himalayan Hydro Expo that was organised in 2018 had received encouraging reviews with a footfall of about 50,000 people. The event included exhibits/stalls from over 100 different national and international companies.
The organisers expect over 150 exhibitors to participate in the expo next year. The second edition of the expo will also feature products related to grid connected solar photovoltaic power systems. Further, to provide an onsite experience of hydropower projects, a special arrangement shall also be made for a short visit to various hydropower plants via helicopter as per the organisers.
The exhibition is also scheduled to host various technical sessions and conduct competitions for engineering students. The technical sessions will encompass a wide range of subjects related to innovation in energy generation engineering, construction technology, project management, project financing solution and the like.
This is expected to provide much needed impetus to the hydropower sector in the country, which is currently at its all-time peak.
Nepal is undergoing an energy transformation with unprecedented activity in hydropower construction, increased power generation, eradication of load shedding and process towards meeting the target to produce 15,000 megawatts of energy in next 10 years. Organisers have said Himalayan Hydro Expo 2019 will be a unique and much needed event concerning all stakeholders in the hydropower sector.
A version of this article appears in print on October 30, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.