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UK small hydro developments - civil engineering prospects, Poole

  • Lecture
  • Poole
  • 20 June 2019
  • 18:00 - 20:00
UK small hydro developments - civil engineering prospects, Poole

About this event

Poole City Club invites you to a presentation by Robert Sonoga and Tulsi Phuyal from Hydroplan.

The focus of this presentation will be on small hydroelectric schemes. Over the last ten years; favourable government policy has enabled the UK hydro industry to grow significantly. More than two hundred schemes have been built and are supplying green energy to the national grid.

We want to explain the basics principles of how a hydro scheme works, look at the challenges of developing projects from early concept stage to detailed design and see how to balance environmental restrictions with the economics of the projects. Through several case studies, we will demonstrate that it is possible to build hydro schemes sustainably while achieving the developer's investment targets. In the end, we would like to look into the future of hydro for the next ten years.

We will be meeting at 6pm for light refreshments and the lecture will commence at 6.30pm.


Robert Sonoga

Robert Sonoga holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering and has over 15 years of experience in planning, design and construction management of civil structures and engineering projects. He has experience in a diverse range of markets with significant involvement in the design of water retaining structures, roads, bridges and pressurised water pipelines.

Over the last five years, he was involved in over 25 small hydro schemes, which are now fully operational and generate green renewable energy. Working for Hydroplan for almost ten years, he has progressed from the position of a designer to a design team manager and is currently working as a Technical Director. His responsibilities include dealing with clients, developing project briefs, the overall design of hydroelectric schemes meeting the client's expectations in terms of quality and cost, coordination with the design team and a wide range of specialist disciplines.

Robert is also responsible for the continuous growth of the company. He regularly participates on national and international conferences, and over last three years, he has visited 15 countries on three continents in pursuit of international hydro development. Robert is currently progressing his professional development to become a Chartered Civil Engineer with the Institutition of Civil Engineers.

Tulsi Phuyal

Tulsi Phuyal is a Senior Hydropower Engineer with Hydroplan UK and has more than 20 years of experience in site identification, conceptual layout, project engineering, project design, management and construction of hydropower schemes and other civil engineering projects.

Having graduated from the Odessa University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Ukraine (1994) he specialised in Hydropower Development in 2001 at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) under NORAD scholarship. Tulsi then went on to serve more than 10 years of his initial professional career in Nepal as a designer, senior research engineer, project engineer and project manager and made a considerable contribution to the Hydropower Development there.

In February 2008, Tulsi joined Hydroplan UK, as a specialist hydropower engineer, providing consulting services for hydropower developers.

Event venue

RNLI Lifeboat College
West Quay Road
Poole BH15 1HZ
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Barbara Sweet

e: [email protected]