Hydro Tasmania’s professional services business Entura and Chinese power and design consultants HydroChina are to cooperate on the development of new projects in the energy and water sectors, including hydropower.

The firms signed an MOU this week that includes cooperation in renewable energy, sustainability and environmental management and power transmission.

Entura’s Managing Director Tammy Chu said the aim was to establish a long-term strategic co-operative relationship to build on the skills and reputation of both parties with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

"There is immense capability and experience in the energy and water sectors in China and HydroChina is a large corporation that provides comprehensive technical service in regards to hydropower, water and renewable energy development," she said. "What Entura brings to HydroChina is a utility-owner perspective, international experience and credibility across a range of renewable technologies and projects, regulatory knowledge, and niche expertise that can support HydroChina with its project development or implementation activity. "

HydroChina is a subsidiary of the Chinese Central Government enterprise PowerChina.