Driving hydropower generation in Indonesia

Predicting river flow for a proposed mini-hydropower site in Sulawesi

Abundant rainfall, mountainous topography and remote communities unconnected to the national grid make Sulawesi an ideal candidate for run-ofriver mini-hydropower schemes. However, their development is often hampered by a lack of reliable data with which to assess feasibility and design such schemes. Our client had identified a suitable location but needed a more detailed assessment of the river’s flow regime before proceeding with the plant design and permit application. However, the lack of historical stream flow data along the river of interest made this very difficult.

We conducted an in-depth study, to better understand and quantify the river’s flow regime at the proposed location. This information empowered the client to proceed with the plant design and permit application in order to obtain final approval and move forward with their project.