Engineering and construction company Black & Veatch has opened a Hydropower Centre of Excellence in Singapore in a bid to help countries in the region look at new ways to harness their hydro resources.
Southeast Asia is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, and with the region dependent on oil imports and facing potential natural gas supply shortages, mini, small and mid-scale hydropower have emerged as viable options to help meet growing demands for electricity.
“The power of water remains untapped in many parts of the region,” said Charles Feild, Asia Pacific Hydropower Director, Black & Veatch, who is based in Singapore. “Extensive efforts and plans are underway in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines to increase electric generating capacity, and hydropower will make-up a significant portion of the overall capacity increase in the years ahead,”
Source : Black & Veatch