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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.

Group readying for Lake Sebu pre-feasibility study


Renewable energy company Euro Hydro Power (Asia) Holdings Inc. will launch a feasibility study for its 5-MW Lake Sebu hydropower plant in the Philippines, sources report.

India forming committee to fast-track small hydro projects


India's government has appointed a committee tasked with expediting the identification of small hydropower production sites, sources report.

Macedonia inks deals for 21 new small hydro plants


Investments estimated at more than US$53 million will help pay for 21 new small hydropower facilities in Macedonia, according to the country's ministry of economy.

Jamaican utility creates team to expedite renewable development


The Jamaican Public Service Company Ltd. (JPS) has formed an internal team designed to fast-track the addition of more renewable energy to the electrical grid.

Mavel to supply turbines for new Marseilles hydroelectric project


Mavel has been selected to provide four Pit Kaplan turbines for the new Marseilles Hydroelectric Power Plant.

PLN looks to increase capacity with small hydro power purchases


State-owned utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has signed agreements to purchase power from 130 small hydropower plants, sources report.



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Malaga to construct new small hydro plant in Peru


Malaga Inc. and its partners Emerging Power Developers and Stucky S.A. will build a new 20-MW hydropower plant on Malaga's Pasto Bueno property in Peru.

Mavel continues work on South Korean hydropower projects


Hydroelectric equipment manufacturer Mavel, a.s. has successfully commissioned two of five South Korean projects the company secured in April 2010.

16-MW Yuanping hydropower plant in China sold for US$22 million


China Hydroelectric Corporation has entered into an equity purchase and sale agreement with the Fujian Dachuang Group to sell its 16-MW Yuanping project.

Small hydroelectric project in Zimbabwe gets approval


An application to build a US$13 million small hydroelectric plant near Zimbabwe's Lake Mutrikwi has been approved by the Masvingo Rural District Council, sources report.

New Zealand's TrustPower working on new small hydro project


New Zealand utility TrustPower has announced a new 3.8-MW hydropower generating plant, sources report.

Nicaragua seeks consultants to advance five small hydro projects


Nicaragua's electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to design and prepare tender documents for construction of five small hydropower projects in Nicaragua's Region Autonoma del Atlantico Norte.

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