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Dutch company to supply 25 hydropower units to Nepal


Dutch turbine manufacturer Tocardo International has closed a deal to sell 25 of its T100 generating units to Glow Tech Solutions of Nepal.

Colombia's 19.9-MW Hidromontanitas hydroelectric plant operational


Colombian power company Celsia has begun commercial operation of its 19.9-MW Hidromontanitas hydropower project, has learned.

RusHydro, Kazakhmys sign deal for small hydroelectric development


Utilities RusHydro and Kazkhmys have signed a tentative deal that would see the Russian energy conglomerate construct up to 300 MW-worth of small hydroelectric plants in Kazakhstan, has learned.

Albania looking to sell four hydropower plants to foreign investors


The Albanian government is interested in selling four state-owned hydropower plants to private investors, according to information provided by the country's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy.

India's Assam State planning massive small hydro expansion


A partnership between the Assam Power Project Development Company Ltd. and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. could create as many as 149 new small hydropower projects, Indian sources report.

Hawaii decides not to pursue 1.5-MW Waimea hydropower project


Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has announced a new 1.5-MW hydropower facility will not be constructed due to recent feasibility studies.

Aboitiz Power expanding hydro portfolio with two new generating facilities


Filipino management and investment group Aboitiz Power Corp. announces its plan to construct two run-of-river hydroelectric plants: 16.4-MW Sita and 11.8-MW Simod.

Group files to become Bhutan's first hydroelectric construction company


An application filed last week with Bhutan's Ministry of Economic Affairs should give the south Asian country its first hydropower construction company, has learned.

CAF, Sao Paulo teaming up for small hydropower study


The Andean Development Corporation and the governor of Brazil's Sao Paulo state have signed an agreement that will provide non-reimbursable funds for the research and evaluation of small hydropower plants.

Vermont following Colorado's lead for small hydro development


A bill that would benefit hydropower developers in the state of Vermont is making its way toward Governor Peter Shumlin's desk.

Nicaragua seeks consultant to advance 2.5-MW Montecristo


Nicaragua's electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to design and to prepare tender documents for construction of the 2.5-MW Montecristo hydroelectric project in San Sabastian de Yali, Jinotega Department.

Minerco to liquidate Honduran hydropower plant


Renewable energy developer Minerco Resources Inc., has announced that it will sell its 4-MW Iscan hydroelectric plant in Honduras.

Design consultant picked for Jamaica's 12.6-MW Black River hydropower project


Global development consultancy Mott MacDonald has been selected as designer and technical advisor by Kier Construction Limited for a US$27 million hydroelectric project.

Czech firm seeks turbine-generator for Plzen-Hradste small hydro


Hydro developer RenoEnergie a.s. seeks bids to supply a turbine-generator for the Plzen-Hradste small hydroelectric project on the Uhlava River near Pilsen in the Czech Republic.

Group hopes to stimulate small hydropower development with new support program


A program created by the Global Village Energy Partnership International aims to jumpstart small hydroelectric development in Tanzania.

Kemijoki Oy picks Metso for automation system work


Finnish electric utility Kemijoki Oy has selected technology supplier Metso for automation work at two hydroelectric plants.

Voith Hydro wins contract for work at 7-MW Steti hydropower facility


Voith Hydro has signed a contract with Metrostav a.s. and Zakladani staveb a.s. as general contractor for electromechanical equipment at the Steti hydropower station.

Serbia prepares for 10 more small hydroelectric projects


Construction of 10 new small hydropower plants along Serbia's Studenica and Ibar rivers will begin this summer, according to a release from the city of Kraljevo.

RenoEnergie awards second contract for work on Roudnice hydro project


Sdruzení firem MVE Roudnice nad Labem has been awarded a contract worth about US$11 million for work on the Czech Republic's 4.2-MW Roudnice hydroelectric project.

Kosienergia Oy purchases 14 small hydro plants from Fortum


Energy producer Fortum has completed a deal that transferred ownership of 14 small hydropower plants to Kosienergia Oy effective March 30.

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