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Hydropower among Canada's top infrastructure

Hydroelectric power tops Canada’s biggest infrastructure projects list

01/14/2015

In terms of value, hydroelectric power dominates infrastructure projects in Canada.

WAPDA head urges timely completion of Tarbela hydropower plant extension

01/14/2015

The chairman of Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) ordered authorities to ensure the on-schedule completion of the 1,410-MW Tarbela 4 hydropower plant extension during a site visit this week.

Nile Lakes states seek water quality, ecological studies for 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydro project

01/13/2015

Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to perform water quality baseline studies and ecological baseline studies for the proposed 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River.

CFE awards contract to build Chicoasen 2 hydro

More than $380 million awarded to build 240-MW Chicoasen 2 hydro plant in Mexico

01/13/2015

Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) of Mexico has awarded a $386.4 million contract to a consortium to build the 240-MW Chicoasen 2 hydro plant.

FERC delays 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydro licensing due to Alaska spending freeze

01/12/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request to delay licensing of the 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project due to a spending freeze on major state infrastructure projects by the governor of Alaska.

Ceremony marks completion of Cambodia's 338-MW Russei Chrum Krom hydropower plant

01/12/2015

A ceremony attended by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen marked the completion of the country's 338-MW Russei Chrum Krom hydropower plant.

Kenya seeks consultants for dam safety panel to oversee dam construction

01/08/2015

The government of Kenya invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve on a dam safety panel of experts to oversee construction of dam and reservoir projects in Kenya.

BC Hydro again extends site preparation call for 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

01/07/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro again extended the deadline for bids to perform site preparation on the north bank of the Peace River for the proposed 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Vietnam

Investor licenses for Vietnam hydroelectric projects might be revoked

01/07/2015

Although Vietnam generates nearly 40% of its power from about 7,000 hydropower facilities, investors developing new hydroelectric projects in the country face increasing oversight. Citing mismanagement and illegal land acquisitions, Vietnam’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, said the government might assess penalties that include potentially revoking investor licenses for particular projects. 

Canada utility extends call for equipment inspection for 695-MW Keeyask hydro project

01/07/2015

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has extended the deadline for bids to provide inspection of equipment manufacturing for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

Canadian Spotlight

01/06/2015

The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

Modeling Potential Turbine Upgrades for the Brazeau Plant

01/05/2015

One or two new runners for the units at the 355-MW Brazeau Power Station in Alberta, Canada, would allow owner TransAlta Corp. to better optimize revenue and provide valuable ancillary services. Modeling of the various upgrade options allowed the utility to arrive at the most valuable solution.

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Bhutan seeks consultants, construction, equipment for 118-MW Nikachhu hydropower project

01/02/2015

The government of Bhutan and its development units seek consultants, civil construction and hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment for the 118-MW Nikachhu hydroelectric project to be built on Bhutan's Nikachhu River.

NWHA hydropower potential scoping study

NWHA releases results of Hydropower Potential Scoping Study

01/02/2015

Hydroelectric development potential in the Pacific Northwest from 2015 to 2035 is 3,200 MW, or 23 million MWh. Costs for this development range from an average of $3,518 per kW to $8,464 per kW.

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Voith Hydro celebrates strong 2014 supplying hydroelectric generating facilities worldwide

12/31/2014

It has been an eventful year for Voith Hydro Inc., which supplies equipment to hydroelectric generating facilities worldwide and employs more than 700 people at its hydropower manufacturing facility in York, Pa.  

Chihuido I hydroelectric project

Russian-backed Argentine-Spanish consortium funds US$1.84 billion, 637-MW Chihuido I hydro

12/23/2014

Argentina's Planning Ministry awarded the 637-MW Chihuido I hydroelectric project to an Argentine-Spanish consortium backed by Russian financing, which will require a US$1.84 billion investment. Minister of Planning and Public Investment Julio de Vido and Minister of Economy Axel Kicillof made the announcement, Dec. 22. 

Kerr joins hydropower team of HDR

HDR adds Kerr to Pacific Northwest hydropower team

12/22/2014

Jim Kerr has joined HDR as senior hydro-mechanical engineer in the consulting company’s hydropower team. 

Georgia

Sakartvelos Banki invests US$45 million in Georgia’s hydroelectric future

12/22/2014

Sakartvelos Banki (Bank of Georgia) announced it is investing US$45 million in the 30-MW Mestia Chaladidi hydroelectric project on the Mestiachala River, which will use water from the Chaladi Glacier in Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia.  

World News

12/19/2014

News on the global hydroelectric industry from November-December 2014

12 workers rescued at Vietnam's Da Dan-Da Chomo hydropower plant

12/19/2014

A dozen workers trapped inside a collapsed tunnel at the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant have been rescued, officials in Vietnam's Lam Dong province said.

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