Entura shares hydropower insights with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

June 1, 2023

Entura’s Managing Director Tammy Chu recently shared Entura’s hydropower insights with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a Roundtable event in Sydney.

Ms Chu, who is also Vice-President of the International Hydropower Association, was one of several business leaders who took part in the 24 May event, hailing from a diverse range of industries including steel, banking, IT and tertiary education. Also present was Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong. 

The Roundtable attendees, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front middle), Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong (middle left), and Entura’s Managing Director Tammy Chu (far right, second row).

As part of the Roundtable, Ms Chu spoke about Entura’s hydropower and pumped hydro capabilities, as well as our extensive dam safety training programs. In particular, Ms Chu referred to the dam safety work Entura is doing for India’s Central Water Commission as part of its Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).

“It was an honour to take part in this event and share Entura’s knowledge with our industry peers and government officials,” said Ms Chu. “Our partnership with Hydro Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project gives us unparalleled insight and experience of the successful elements of major hydropower schemes and pumped hydro energy storage, which is shared across the regions in which we operate, including India.”

“During the Roundtable, I suggested that further cooperation and partnership between India and Australia would benefit both countries with our clean energy transformation, and am very hopeful that these future endeavours will be fruitful on our mutual journey to Net Zero.”

Rajeev Raina, Resident Director of Entura’s India operations, said that Entura has been working actively for 17 years in India, supporting government agencies, private developers and funding agencies across a range of hydropower projects.

“Hydropower will play a crucial role in India’s transition to clean energy,” he said, “providing benefits including baseload and peak-load supply, quick ramp-up and ramp-down rates, and greater grid stability by complementing intermittent renewables such as solar and wind.”

“For India to achieve its net zero goals, the increase in wind and solar power requires a corresponding increase in hydropower and pumped hydro energy storage, so that electricity supply can be secured without recourse to fossil-fuel-based power generation,” he said.

“The government of India has identified pumped hydro energy storage as a priority and anticipates the need for 18.8 GW of pumped storage by 2032 to integrate the new renewable capacity,” he said.

“Entura is eager to contribute our deep asset-owner experience and significant specialist skills to support India’s pathway to a more sustainable energy future.”

Find out more about Entura’s hydropower insights and expertise in these short videos from Entura’s International Hydropower Day webinar: