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Senior Associate Director, Jacobs UK, Hydropower Global Technical Lead
Simon has over 30 years' experience in hydropower, dams and water resources development worldwide. From his early design experience for the 300MW pumped storage project by the side of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, Simon has been involved in a wide range of major hydropower projects including Lar dam in Iran, the Victoria dam and hydroelectric project and Samanalawewa hydropower projects in Sri Lanka, optimisation studies for Phase I of the Lesotho Highlands Water project including optimising the heights of the 5 dams that make up the project, including the various transfer tunnels and hydropower plant. Later, he was involved in planning and optimisation of the Komati basin project in Swaziland including modelling studies of the Dead Sea and the proposed Red Sea/Dead Sea canal with associated hydropower and desalination plant, as well as a range of studies on the water resources of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers in Central Asia, to optimise water use for irrigation and hydropower, as part of a strategy for saving the North Aral Sea.
Simon has specialised in water resource and hydropower planning for international development agencies and governments in many countries including studies in Angola, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Oman, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Poland, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and the UK.
He has recently authored a paper on a strategy for long-term energy storage and the future role for pumped storage to meet the UK’s net-zero emissions targets by 2050.
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