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"Planning & Design of Hydropower Headworks in Sediment Loaded Rivers"

The International workshop jointly organised by Hydro Lab, Nepal and International Centre for Hydropower (ICH), Norway was successfully completed. The workshop was conducted from 03 - 08 November 2022. The opening session, chaired by Mr. Shiva Kumar Sharma, Chairman Hydro Lab, was started with the welcome speech from Dr. Meg B. Bishwakarma, General Manager, Hydro Lab. The programme was addressed by Mr. Tom Solberg, Project Director, ICH and the special guest, Ms. Torun Dramdal, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy. Finally, the opening session was completed with the key note lecture from Prof. Dr. Haakon Støle, Sediment Systems, Norway.

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Sediment Management in RoR Hydropower Projects, 2020

An international workshop with the theme “Planning & Design of Hydropower Headworks in Sediment Loaded Rivers” was organised at Kathmandu, Nepal on 03 - 08 November 2022. The workshop was jointly organized by Hydro Lab, Nepal and International Centre for Hydropower (ICH), Norway. It was the tenth workshop in a series jointly organized by Hydro Lab and ICH since 2001, including one workshop at Chhukha, Bhutan.

The workshop was attended by 22 participants from 3 different countries namely Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The participants were professionals from different governmental and private organizations including developers, consultants and researchers.

The weeklong workshop began with lectures conducted by the experienced professionals from academic institutions, hydropower developers, research organizations and consulting firms, who shared their experiences on various topics related to the main theme of the workshop. The participants were also given an opportunity to present and share their experience during group presentations. Additionally, group exercises were also conducted during the training session. 

Following is the list of the lectures delivered during the workshop:


Key note lecture on Planning and Design of Hydropower Headworks in Sediment Loaded Rivers


Hydraulics and sediment transport in Himalayan Rivers


Conceptual hydraulic design of hydropower headworks in Himalayan Rivers (Part 1, RoR type)


Headworks design guidelines of Nepal


Conceptual hydraulic design of hydropower headworks in Himalayan Rivers (Part 2, PRoR type) - Dr. Haakon Støle, Sediment Systems/Hydro Lab


Impact of water induced disaster on headworks: A Case study of Bhote Koshi Hydropower Project


Design and implementation of boulder lined weirs at hydropower headworks


Design of civil structures of the headworks of hydropower projects


Design of settling basins


Selection and design of flushing systems for settling basins


Layout and design of fish passage at the headworks of RoR and PRoR projects


Consideration of impact of climate change in hydropower headworks design


Design consideration of hydro-mechanical works in hydropower headworks


Physical hydraulic modelling - A tool for hydraulic design of hydropower headworks in sediment loaded rivers (Part 1)


Improving hydraulic performance of existing headworks using physical model: A Case study of Kaligandaki HEP, Nepal


Closing of the workshop programme was carried out on 08 November 2022.




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