Focus Session

Regional focus: East Asia and Pacific

What is driving growth in East Asia and the Pacific?

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 12:50-13:50 | Mansart

East Asia and the Pacific remains the world’s engine room for hydropower development. Led by China, the region accounts for nearly 40 per cent of world’s installed capacity and annual generation.

Rapid economic growth together with an increasing focus on achieving sustainable outcomes, has helped propel hydropower development in many countries across the region.

Outside of China, which added a further 8.5 GW of capacity last year, Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar have a strong pipeline of projects backed by ambitious government targets.

In the Pacific, Australia is witnessing a flurry of hydropower activity, particularly in pumped storage. Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea has several projects under active development which could transform the country and provide electricity to hundreds of rural communities.

Session objectives:

This session will present the latest trends and developments shaping the region including:

  • an overview highlighting where capacity has been added as well as significant policy and project updates; and
  • short deep dives into key countries in the region from local experts.

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Executive General Manager, Generation, PNG Power
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ZHENG Sheng’an

President, China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute
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Senior Analyst, International Hydropower Association
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Roger GILL (chair)

Non-Executive Director, Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd
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Josaphat Rizal PRIMANA

Ministry of National Development Planning Indonesia
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