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Development of new hydropower facilities, a strong and continuing trend, results in the addition of substantial new electric generating capacity around the world every year.

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Four reported dead following blast at Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum hydropower plant


Four workers were killed and 10 other wounded after an explosion rocked a tunnel at the 969-MW Neelum Jhelum hydropower plant last week, local sources have reported.

World Bank's IFC invests in Pakistan's 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant


The International Finance Corporation has announced a US$50 million investment in Pakistan's 102-MW Gulpur hydropower plant and the mobilization of an additional $72 million for the project.

Canada utility seeks stoplogs, gates for 695-MW Keeyask hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids for stoplogs, gates and trashracks for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project.

French utility seeks studies, monitoring for hydropower engineering, mechanics


Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to provide studies and site monitoring in the fields of civil engineering and mechanics for hydroelectric projects.

Argentine government provides financing for 443-MW Los Blanco hydropower complex


Argentina's federal government has announced it will provide US964 million in financing for the construction of the country's 443-MW Los Blancos hydropower complex, according to state news service Telam.

Three killed at Belo Monte hydropower plant worksite


Three workers were killed and several others sustained injuries when a cement silo collapsed at the Belo Monte hydropower plant's construction site in Brazil.

Lucid, Cadiz enter agreement to develop in-pipe hydroelectric power system


Renewable power developer Lucid Energy and land and water resources development company Cadiz Inc. have agreed to a joint venture collaboration to generating hydroelectric power from a planned 43-mile-long water conveyance pipeline in California.

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FERC receives license application for 5-MW Kentucky River L&D 11 hydro project


A unit of hydro developer Free Flow Power filed a hydropower license application in April with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the 5-MW Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11 hydroelectric project in Kentucky.

Peru seeks supervision of hydropower studies in seven river basins


The government of Peru invites expressions of interest from consultants to supervise development of hydropower project portfolios for seven river basins in Peru. 

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Hydro-Quebec posts net $1.8 billion in profit for first quarter 2015


Canadian provincial utility Hydro-Quebec reports its net profit was nearly $1.8 billion for the first quarter of 2015.

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Global hydroelectric power could double by 2050, WEC report says


Global hydroelectric power capacity could double to 2,000 GW by 2050 or sooner, according to a report released this week by the World Energy Council.


FERC proposes new start date for hydro license annual charges


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes new rules that would change the start date for assessment of annual charges on private hydropower licensees to two years from the date of license issuance.

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Chinese consortium wins EPC contract for Pakistan's 720-MW Karot hydroelectric project


A consortium that includes the Yangtze Three Gorges Technology & Economic Development Co. and China Machinery Engineering Corp. has been awarded a US$1.277 billion engineering, procurement and construction contract for Pakistan's 720-MW Karot hydropower plant.

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Pakistan seeks power swing control for 3,480-MW Tarbela Dam, electrical equipment for 1,410-MW Tarbela 4


Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) seeks bids to supply compressors for controlling a power swing phenomenon of turbines at the 3,480-MW Tarbela Dam hydroelectric project on the Indus River.

Canadian Spotlight


The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

The Kokish Facility: A Unique Partnership


The Kokish hydroelectric facility is located on northeastern Vancouver Island, approximately 15 km east of Port McNeill, British Columbia.

Hedcor breaks ground on Philippines' 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich hydropower project


Construction of the 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich hydroelectric plant in the Philippines is now officially under way, following a ceremony that included indigenous peoples and developer Hedcor Inc.

Bolivia seeks supervision of construction, equipment for 120-MW Misicuni hydro project


Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) invites expressions of interest from firms to provide supervision of civil construction and equipment installation to complete the 120-MW Misicuni hydroelectric project.

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Canadian government shows continued support for hydropower


The history of hydropower is almost as old as Canada itself, and this clean electricity source is a responsible choice, according to Kelly Block, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.

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