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Fiscal Austerity Should Not Exclude Hydro


Widely anticipated, the decision by the UK government to mothball plans for a giant tidal barrage across the Severn Estuary should come as no great surprise. Projects designed to tap the huge tidal range at the river’s mouth have been mooted for perhaps a century, and in such financially constrained times the government cannot be blamed for shying away from what is potentially a £34 billion (US$50 billion) drain on the public purse. A punishing austerity program will not stretch to such grandiose ambitions, even if such a development would have supplied some 5% of the country’s total energy demand from its 8,640 MW of generating capacity and satisfied a major slice of its carbon reduction and renewables commitments.

Upgrading Thrust Bearings at Akosombo


Installation of new runners at the 1,020 MW Akosombo project revealed the inability of the existing thrust bearings to handle the higher hydraulic thrust. Replacing these bearings with a new runner plate and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bearings significantly reduced unit operating temperatures and eliminated recurring cavitation damage.

Sinohydro to build 108 MW hydropower project in Iran


China's Sinohydro has signed a deal to build a 108-MW hydropower project in Iran, the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) reported.

Norconsult wins supervision contract for Ghana dams, weirs


Norconsult has signed a contract with the Ghana Water Company Ltd for further services on the Dam Safety and Rehabilitation Project, Norconsult announced.

Senegal River agency extends call for manager of 250-MW Manantali, 63-MW Felou


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to manage the 250-MW Manantali and 63-MW Felou hydroelectric projects in Mali and the related transmission system.

Sinohydro wins engineering, civil works contracts for Song Bung 4 hydro project


Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has awarded China's Sinohydro Corporation Limited several contracts worth a combined US$92.7 million to provide engineering and civil works of the 156-MW Song Bung 4 hydroelectric project on the Song Bung River in Vietnam's Quang Nam Province.

European Investment Bank to provide EUR 140 million for Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program


The European Investment Bank has approved a EUR 140 million loan for the EUR 282 million (US397.3 million) Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program in Lesotho, EIB reported.

Senegal River agency seeks manager for 250-MW Manantali, 63-MW Felou


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites applications for pre-qualification to manage the 250-MW Manantali and 63-MW Felou hydroelectric projects in Mali and the related transmission system.

India provides loan for Kakobola hydro plant in Congo


India has signed a deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo to extend a US$42 million credit line for building the Kakobola hydropower plant, the Export-Import Bank of India reported.

DR Congo seeks mechanical work for 350-MW Inga 1, 1,424-MW Inga 2


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids for performance of urgent mechanical measures to help rehabilitate the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric projects on the Congo River.

Russia firm to construct Rumakali hydro plant in Tanzania


The government of Tanzania has signed a deal with Russia-based Borodino for the construction of the $700 million Rumakali hydropower plant in Tanzania's Iringa region, news agencies reported.

Queensland, Papua New Guinea support studies to progress hydropower project


The governments of Papua New Guinea and Queensland plan to sign a memorandum of cooperation with PNG Energy Developments Ltd. and Origin Energy Limited to support the potential development of a renewable hydroelectricity project, Origin Energy reported.

ABB wins contract for Ingula pumped-storage hydro plant in South Africa


Technology and automation group ABB has won an order worth $23 million from Eskom, South Africa's leading electric utility, to supply an electrical balance of plant (eBoP) solution for the Ingula pumped-storage hydropower plant, currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa.

Eskom signs loans to fund pumped-storage hydropower plant, thermal plant


South Africa power utility Eskom said it has signed two export credit agency loans for a total of 171.7 million euros (US$217.3 million) to fund parts of its Ingula pumped-storage hydro plant and its Medupi thermal plant, wire services reported.

Niger seeks environmental, social plan for valley of 125-MW Kandadji


The government of Niger invites expressions of interest from consultants to help implement an environmental and social management plan in the area of the proposed 125-MW Kandadji Dam on the Niger River.

Namibia seeks consultants for Lower Orange hydro projects


Namibia Power Corp. (NamPower) invites applications for pre-qualification from consultants to advance development of several hydropower projects on the Orange River between Namibia and South Africa.

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Resettlement: A New Paradigm


A vital aspect of hydro project development is the resettlement of those people affected by an installation, its creation and continued operation. The author proposes a new resettlement theory based on the concept of consumer utility. This theory is intended to provide a method by which developers can ensure that resettled people are adequately compensated.

Control Room III: Finding Work for Humans

09/01/2010 The seemingly boundless capability of expert systems and other computerized systems is rapidly changing the roles of both hydropower machinery and personnel. Some day, cyber systems could be doing it all — except the jobs that are too mundane, or too messy, for machines.

Ethiopia seeks planning, decision support for Tana-Beles sub-basins


Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Resources invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide planning and decision support system development for the Tana and Beles sub-basins, site of the 460-MW Beles hydroelectric project.

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