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Nicaragua names firms to build, equip 1.548-MW Wiwili


Nicaragua's energy and mines ministry has named two firms to build and equip the 1.548-MW Wiwili hydroelectric project in Jinotega Department.

China city names four groups to build 11 small hydro projects


Yichang's small hydropower agency has awarded contracts worth US$52.8 million to four Chinese groups to build 11 small hydroelectric projects in China's Hubei Province.

HMV Ingenieros expanding small hydropower capacity in Colombia


Colombian power and engineering company HMV Ingenieros will add up to 200 MW in small hydroelectric capacity in the coming years, news sources report.

Hydropower industry represented during annual Platts Global Energy awards


Several members from hydroelectric-related industries received honors from the 13th annual Platts Global Energy Awards held this month in New York City.

Macedonia awards geology contract for Lukovo Pole Dam, 5-MW Crn Kamen


A Macedonia utility has awarded a contract to Civil Engineering Institute Makedonia to provide geological investigation services for construction of Lukovo Pole Dam on the Kosovo border and construction of the 5-MW Crn Kamen hydro plant.

Nordic banks finance program to build, upgrade Norway small hydro


The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Norway's Sparebanken Vest have approved a 500 million kroner (US$88.9 million) loan for construction and upgrade of small hydropower projects in Norway.

Canada developer, native group advance 66-MW McLymont, 16-MW Volcano


Energy developer AltaGas Ltd. and the Tahltan Central Council have signed agreements to advance construction of the 66-MW McLymont Creek and 16-MW Volcano Creek hydroelectric projects in the Tahltan Nation's territory in British Columbia.

Construction, equipment contracts awarded for Norway's 5.6-MW Nye Folkedal


Norwegian consultant Norconsult AS awarded contracts to two Norwegian companies for construction and electro-mechanical equipment for the 5.6-MW Nye Folkedal hydroelectric project in Norway.

Italy utility awards turbine contract for 6.16-MW Ributino


Italian utility Azienda Specializzata Settore Multiservizi SpA (ASSM) has awarded a contract to Voith Hydro SpA to supply replacement turbine-generators for ASSM's 6.16-MW Ributino hydroelectric project.

Energy, Interior award $17 million to hydro research and development


The U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior awarded $17 million over three years to research and development efforts designed to advance hydropower technology.

Consultants sought to develop Rwanda renewables strategy


The government of Rwanda invites expressions of interest from consultants to help develop a renewable energy strategy for the African nation.

Small hydro training course planned by Alternate Hydro Energy Centre in India


The Alternate Hydro Energy Centre of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is planning a training course related to small hydropower.

Kyrgyzstan small hydro program seeks hydrologic equipment


A United Nations small hydro development program seeks bids to supply hydrologic measurement equipment for use in Kyrgyzstan.

Czech developer awards contract for Steti hydro plant construction


Developer Energeia o.p.s. has awarded a contract worth more than US$50 million to Czech Republic-based firm Metrostav a.s. for construction of the 5.2-MW Steti small hydroelectric project.

Nicaragua seeks bids to build 1.548-MW Wiwili


Nicaragua's energy and mines ministry seeks bids for construction of the 1.548-MW Wiwili hydroelectric project in Jinotega Department.

Jamaica seeks studies of five small hydro projects


Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica (PCJ) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform pre-feasibility and feasibility studies of five small hydropower projects throughout the island nation.

Kinlochleven small hydropower scheme approved in Scotland


A new small hydroelectric project has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government, the government reported.

JHP to equip Lewiston small hydropower plant in California


JHP & Associates Inc. has been awarded a contract by Trinity Public Utilities District to design and supply a complete water to wire system for their Lewiston hydro plant upgrade, the firm announced.

Angola: 150 small hydropower projects planned


The government of Angola is planning to construct as many as 150 small hydropower projects, government sources reported.

UK plan for microgeneration, including small hydro, released


The UK has released an action plan to promote microgeneration and decentralized energy in the country, including measures that allow greater flexibility for the development of small hydropower.

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