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Scottish micro hydro proposal receives approval

A 250 kW run-of-river hydro project at Scotland's Atholl Estates has been approved by local authorities, according to Atmos Consulting.

Atmos Consulting a group specializing in technical, environmental and planning support for renewable energy projects said the application it prepared was approved without objection in mid-December.

The application included habitat survey and other specialized reports on fish habitat, otters, water vole, wildcat, badger and bats, as well as specific topics such as cultural heritage, transport and landscape.

The project will be Atholl Estate's third such development.

Work to take place on several Indonesian projects

Voith Hydro has been awarded contracts to supply electromechanical equipment for two small hydropower projects in Indonesia's West Java province.

Included are orders for the 8.8 MW Pusaka 1 and the 3 MW Pusaka 3, both of which were awarded by PT Pembankitan Pusaka Parahiangan, a subsidiary of Indonesia's PT Medco Power.

Per the contract, Voith Hydro will supply four turbines and generators, automation systems, as well as other balance-of-plant equipment. The company said the turbines will be manufactured in its small hydro facility in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

In other news, an agreement signed by consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV and renewable energy developer PT Bhakti Putra Bangsa (TIRASA) will see the parties collaborate in developing a total of 100 MW of small hydropower in Indonesia within the next five years.

The Heads of Cooperation Agreement, signed in early December, could benefit as many as 350,000 people, it is claimed.

A 2012 report said Indonesia's power generating capacities are insufficient, currently meeting only 66% of the country's needs. The deficiency means more than 86 million Indonesians still lack basic access to electricity, Royal HaskoningDHV said, with daily blackouts common.

UNIDO, ICSHP release small hydropower study

The United Nations Industrial Devel-opment Organization (UNIDO) and the China-based International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) have collaborated to produce a new global assessment of small hydro capacities and potential.

The study, called The World Hydro Development Report 2013, is based on contributions from more than 60 authors and organizations. The report contains 20 regional overviews and 149 country-level reports, making it a "world-first" compilation of small hydropower data, the authors said.

The report is available online at: www.unido.org/en/resources/publications/energy-and-environment/energy-and-climate-change.html.

Gajek Engineering wins contract for Bobrowice 1 rehab

Polish utility Tauron Ekoenergia sp. z.o.o. awarded a US$7.6 million contract to Gajek Engineering sp. z.o.o. for refurbishment of the 2.422 MW Bobrowice 1 project.

Gajek will replace two turbines with 1.52 MW units and modernize the 399 kW Unit 3, a Francis turbine. The company will also modernize Bobrowice 1's electrical infrastructure and turbine controls and replace generators, a crane, and trashrake.

Tauron Ekoenergia operates 35 hydro projects totaling 125.7 MW in three provinces of Poland. Bobrowice is one of four sister hydro projects on the Bobr River, including 312 kW Bobrowice 2, 126 kW Bobrowice 3, and 1 MW Bobrowice 4.

Rehab of Costa Rica's 7 MW Tacares plant complete

STE Energy subsidiary Sorgent.e has completed renovations to the 7 MW Tacares hydropower plant in Costa Rica's Alajuela province.

The small hydroelectric project was originally constructed in the 1930s to power the San Jose-Alajuela railway, and Sorgent.e said its isolated location and topographical surroundings made the rehabilitation challenging. The powerhouse is located on a steep incline and is only accessible via foot or cable railway.

Work on the US$15 million project included the installation of two horizontal-axis Francis turbines, generators, electrical boards, and transformers.

ADB funds Samoan hydro project construction, rehab

Funding from the Asian Development Bank will be used to rehabilitate and construct new small hydropower plants on Samoan islands Upolu and Savai'i.

ADB's US$23.8 million will pay to repair projects on Upolu that were damaged in 2012 by Cyclone Evan while also funding another three new facilities across Upolu and Savai'i.

The projects will be the first to make use of the bank's Disaster Response Facility (DRF), which allows a member country to access up to 100% of its annual performance-based allocation to respond to disasters. This development is intended to help the country decrease its dependency on diesel-generated energy, which currently accounts for about 60% of total power supply.

A series of grants will be used to fund the project, including $10 million from ADB's Asian Development Fund (ADF), an $8.21 million grant from the DRF, and a $1 million grant from the Multi-Donor Clean Energy Fund. The government of Samoa will contribute $4.6 million.

Samoa's Ministry of Finance will execute the projects, with the Electric Power Corporation as the implementing agency.

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