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Pakistan courts South Korea for hydro development


Pakistan has as much as 60,000 MW of hydroelectric power potential, according to Federal Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, though the country will need foreign investors to develop its natural resources.


ESHA kicking off small hydro campaign with dinner


The European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA) is launching a new campaign it hopes will increase micro hydropower development with an event called "Getting to Know Small Hydropower" later this month.

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Canada improving dam safety with Bolsover replacement


The Canadian government has awarded Metric Contracting Services Inc. a US$20.3 million contract to improve dam safety along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

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Obama makes nominations for government agencies


President Barack Obama has submitted his nominations for new heads of the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, has learned.

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Reclamation announces new online resource for hydropower project developers


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has developed a new website designed to assist hydropower project customers, stakeholders and those interested in developing hydro power under the Lease of Power Privilege process.

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Kazakhstan announces plan for hydro project, renewable development


Kazakhstan will soon benefit from more than 200 MW of additional installed capacity produced by 17 new hydropower projects, according to a report produced by country's Ministry of Industry and New Technology.

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Hydroplant operator RusHydro announces consolidations, objectives for 2013


Russian hydropower project operator JSC RusHydro has announced that it will reorganize the company's hydro engineering operations by consolidating its three subsidiaries into a unified operation.


Hydro energy projects still king in Brazil


Power produced by hydroelectric plants again accounts for the largest portion of the Brazil's total installed capacity, according to a report from Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL).

ZRA's 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project progressing with ZESA debt repayments


Debts being paid to Zambia from the state-owned Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) should help pave the way toward construction of the 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project, sources have reported.

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International court sides with Indian hydroelectric plant developer in Neelum River dispute


The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has upheld India's right to divert water from a Neelum River tributary for its 330-MW Kishanganga hydropower project.

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Pakistani board reports on hydropower project progress


A portfolio that includes 16 hydroelectric projects is expected to be online by 2020, according to a report given at the 92nd meeting of Pakistan's Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) this week

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U.S. House passes hydropower energy policy with unanimous vote


America's hydroelectric power sector received a boost as House Resolution 267, also known as the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, received a unanimous 422-0 vote of approval before the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today.

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Syrian rebels take control of 824-MW Tabqa hydroelectric project


A group of rebels have taken control of the 824-MW Tabqa hydroelectric project and the lake it impounds, sources have reported.

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PennWell, National Hydropower Association announce partnership to support hydroelectric power


PennWell Corporation and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) announced a collaborative partnership that will focus on NHA's efforts to increase the role of hydroelectric power in the United States' power sector.

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India waives requirements for several hydropower projects


Development of hydropower projects in several Indian states could benefit from the country's Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), which reversed a recommendation requiring cumulative impact assessments for three new hydroelectric plants.

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Armenia, Iran agree to terms for new run-of-river hydropower projects


An agreement signed this week at the Armenian National Assembly will allow for the construction of two new hydropower projects along the Aras River on the Armenia/Iran border, has learned.

Zambia seeks consultants for multi-purpose dam development project planning


The government of Zambia invites expressions of interest from consultants to consolidate and update the nation's water resources infrastructure development plan including development of multi-purpose dam projects.

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Vietnam introduces dam safety draft legislation


Hydropower project owners and operators will soon face penalties for not conducting routine safety inspections if a new piece of draft legislation is approved, sources have reported.

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Laotian government signs land lease for 390-MW Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project


A 32-year land lease will allow investors to continue development of the 390-MW Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Laos' Champassak and Attapeu provinces, has learned.

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Chu announces resignation from U.S. Department of Energy


U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced his decision to step down from the U.S. Department of Energy, pending the Senate's confirmation of a successor, has learned.

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