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    BHEL inaugurates second of two turbines at Tajikistan's Varjob

    Indian manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has completed the rehabilitation and modernization of Tajikistan's 9.5 MW Varjob plant.

    The Varjob project — owned by Tajikistan's national power company, Barqi Tojik — previously included a pair of 3.67 MW turbine-generator units. BHEL replaced those with two 4.75 MW units as part of a renovation, modernization and upgrade contract that was funded by the Indian government.

    Varjob's first new unit was commissioned in November 2012, with the second being officially inaugurated in early January 2013.

    Cubujuqui project in Costa Rica now online

    Costa Rican utility Coopelesca has begun commercial operation of its 22.8 MW Cubujuqui project.

    Located in Horquetas de Sarapiqui, the hydropower project is a turnkey operation jointly supplied by Voith Hydro Brazil and Voith Hydro India and features two 11.4 MW Francis turbines.

    The project was constructed to help meet Costa Rica's growing demand for energy resources.

    Brazil's 15.5 MW Barra do Rio Chapeu project commissioned

    An Eletrobras-owned small hydroelectric project in Brazil's Santa Catarina state came online in January.

    The 15.5 MW Barra do Rio Chapeu plant is a joint venture between Eletrobras subsidiary Eletrosul and German development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau, which announced the partnership in December 2008.

    Renovation work on the 2.4 MW Storr Loch hydro plant in Scotland will include refurbishing the generators, control gear and switchgear.
    Renovation work on the 2.4 MW Storr Loch hydro plant in Scotland will include refurbishing the generators, control gear and switchgear.

    Barra do Rio Chapeu is on the Braco do Norte River and is one part of the Sao Bernardo complex. Also included are the Itarare, Joao Borges and Pinheiros hydro facilities, which, along with Barra do Rio Chapeu, will have a total combined capacity of more than 50 MW.

    Albanian government approves construction of three projects

    Albania's territorial regulation body granted licenses in January for the construction of three small hydroelectric projects: 6 MW Stavec, 3.6 MW Strava and 400 kW Qafezeze.

    The Stavec scheme will cost US$4.8 million and be constructed by Stravaj Energy in Albania's Librazhd region. The $11.32 million Strava will be developed by investment company Koka in the Bulqiza region, and Qafezeze will be constructed by Caushi K. in Librazhd at a cost of about $500,000.

    Suweco announces development of nine projects in Philippines

    Renewable energy developer Sunwest Water and Electric Co. (Suweco) has announced a US$220.3 million plan to build nine small projects with a combined capacity of less than 50 MW on the Philippines' Panay Island.

    Included in Suweco's plans are the 15 MW Main Klan, 8 MW Villasiga 1, 9.4 MW Villasiga 2, 3 MW Upper Aklan West Tributary, 3 MW Lower East Aklan Tributary, 2.4 MW Middle West Tributary, 2 MW Guiamon San Ramon, 3 MW Dalanas and 2.1 MW Tibiao hydroelectric stations.

    The run-of-river plants will be constructed along the Paliuan River in Filipino states Antique and Aklan, with work expected to be completed within the next five years.

    SSE to renovate 2.4 MW Storr Loch plant

    Scotland's Storr Lochs project will receive a US$2.41 million refurbishment that will extend the plant's life by renovating its generators, switchgear and control gear.

    Storr Lochs was constructed in the early 1950s and is served by a cable-powered railway because the steepness of the location made a road unfeasible. The project is owned by Scottish and Southern Energy.

    Work on the project is expected to begin and end in 2014.

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