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FERC backs Ohio projects

FERC environmental assessment backs licensing six Ohio hydro projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued an environmental assessment concluding six Ohio hydroelectric projects totaling 23 MW could be licensed without significantly affecting environmental quality.

Fish bypass at Bonneville Dam

Strong fall chinook returns reported at Bonneville Dam


According to the Fish Passage Center website, adult fall chinook counted at Bonneville Dam were 212,618 as of Sept. 3, the second highest on record since counting began in 1938.

French city seeks construction, operation of Taconnaz small hydro project


The city of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc seeks bids to build and operate the Taconnaz small hydropower project on the Taconnaz River in France.

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African small hydropower

Partnership to advance small hydropower plant development in Africa


Hydroneo Afrique and African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) are partnering to develop a pipeline of small hydropower plants across Africa.

Salini Impregilo inks US$575 million EPC contract for Georgian 280-MW Nenskra hydroelectric project


Salini Impregilo announced it has signed a US$575 million engineering, procurement and construction contract to design and construct portions of the 280-MW Nenskra hydroelectric project on the Nenskra River in the Svaneti district of Northwest Georgia. 

U.S. agency seeks bids to review fisheries, flow studies of 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydro project


The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks bids to help review fisheries and flow studies for the proposed 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydroelectric in Alaska and to study juvenile salmon habitat on glacial rivers.

Koontz awarded contract for St. Marys Falls hydropower plant relays, controls


Koontz Electric Co. Inc. has been awarded a $3.1 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace protective relays and switchgear/motor control assemblies at the 21.5-MW St. Marys Falls hydropower project.

Africa fund seeks civil, EM works for Uganda's 10-MW Achwa 3 hydro project


The Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) invites expressions of interest to carry out civil and electro-mechanical works of the 5- to 10-MW Achwa 3 hydroelectric project in Uganda.

Corps awards contracts for Addicks, Barker dam safety construction


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $71.9 million contract to Granite Construction Co. for dam safety construction at the Addicks and Barker dams.

JSW Energy refinances US$1.1 billion in hydroelectric project debt


JSW Energy Ltd., based in Mumbai, India, is refinancing about US$1.1 billion via a 5:25 financial structure for its hydropower-related debt following the purchase of two hydroelectric projects in November 2014 from Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd.  

Arc flash mitigation bidding extended again at U.S. 25.5-MW Minidoka, 176.5-MW Palisades U.S. hydro projects


The bidding deadline has been extended again for arc flash mitigation at the 25.5-MW Minidoka and 176.564-MW Palisades hydroelectric projects in Idaho.

6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydropower project unaffected by 4.2 magnitude earthquake


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Grand Coulee Dam was not damaged when a series of earthquakes rattled the area the area Tuesday morning.

Acquiring two Nepal projects

InvestBank acquires majority stake in Tila-1 and Tila-2 hydropower projects in Nepal


InvestBank Corp. has acquired a 70% equity stake in the 440-MW Tila-1 and 420-MW Tila-2 hydropower projects in Nepal.

Kenya water agency seeks dam safety design, supervision for Thika Dam rehabilitation


Kenya's Athi Water Services Board invites expressions of interest to perform dam safety design and supervision for Thika Dam rehabilitation. 

Colorado joins list of states opposed to EPA's Clean Power Plan


The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan continues to stir controversy weeks after its recent unveiling, with Colorado announcing it will join the growing list of states threatening suit against the EPA to stop the proposal.

U.S. seeks intake gates, draft tube bulkheads for 2,160-MW John Day Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply intake gates and draft tube bulkheads for turbine maintenance at 2,160-MW John Day Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon.

HZ Windpower receives approval of its MHK study


Chongqing Haizhuang Windpower Equipment Co. Ltd. (HZ Windpower), based in China, has received approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Chongqing Municipality for its study on key technology and model testing for marine hydrokinetic (MHK) power. 

IHA new hydropower report

International Hydropower Association releases 2015 Hydropower Status Report


The International Hydropower Association announces availability of its 2015 Hydropower Status Report.

Rwanda leases 22 small hydroelectric plants to private consortium


On Aug. 27, Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure government announced it has leased 22 small hydropower projects located in the northern and western provinces to private investors to spur the country’s hydroelectric energy program. According to energy experts at the ministry, the plants would add about 24.6 MW of hydroelectric energy to the national grid. 

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