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Swiss railway seeks generator overhaul at 7.6-MW Massaboden hydro project


A unit of Swiss federal railway SBB AG seeks bids for generator overhaul of two units of the 7.6-MW Massaboden hydroelectric project on the Rhone River in Switzerland.

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Central Europe's dam, hydropower project operators coping with floods


Utilities are being forced to shutter their hydropower projects and dams are proving ineffective as central Europe has been facing its worst flooding in decades.

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Andritz modernizations increasing output at Ybbs-Persenbeug hydro project


Austrian energy provider Verbund has awarded Andritz Hydro a contract to modernize the 236-MW Ybbs-Persenbeug hydropower project.

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U.K. marine energy developer moving to Isle of Wight


Wave power developer Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has relocated its offices and workshops from London to the north coast on the Isle of Wight, has learned.

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German hydro project design firm changes name


German hydro project design firm Hydroprojekt Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (HPI) has announced that it will begin operating under the new name Lahmeyer Hydroproject GmbH.

Swiss seek to refurbish anti-corrosion coatings at 290-MW Fionnay hydro project


Contractor Hydro Exploitation SA seeks bids to refurbish anti-corrosion coatings on metalwork on units of the 290-MW Fionnay hydroelectric project, a development of Switzerland's 2,099-MW Cleuson-Dixence hydroelectric complex.

Belgium utility again seeks turbine-generators at 9.15-MW Andenne hydro project


Belgium utility EDF Luminus nv has renewed a call for bids for replacement of two turbine-generator units at the 9.15-MW Andenne hydroelectric project on Belgium's Meuse River.

Iraq seeks compressor, electrical equipment for 415-MW Dokan hydro project


The government of Iraq seeks bids to supply air compressor parts and transformer electrical equipment for the 415-MW Dokan hydroelectric project on Iraq's Lesser Zab River.

Slovenia developer seeks hydro turbine-generators for 41.5-MW Brezice


Slovenia hydropower developer Hidroelektrarne na Spodnji Savi (HESS d.o.o.) seeks bids to supply three hydro turbine-generators and other equipment for the 41.5-MW Brezice hydroelectric project on Slovenia's Sava River.

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Gilkes outfits micro hydro project in Scotland


A micro hydro project developed by Gilkes Energy Ltd. and a Scottish family is now producing energy.

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IHA releases hydropower project sustainability evaluations


The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released a first set of official reports made using its Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, which evaluates hydroelectric projects and their operators in a number of criteria.

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Israeli wave energy company opens subsidiary in China


Israeli hydrokinetic developer Eco Wave Power and the Chinese government have signed an agreement promoting economic trade and collaboration between the two parties.

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Austria's Kaprun Hauptstufe hydroelectric plant receives Alstom upgrades


Austrian utility Verbund Hydro Power AG has selected Alstom to renovate two generators in its Kaprun Hauptstufe hydroelectric plant.

Ireland small hydro operator seeks turbine replacement at 132-kW Bruree


Small hydro operator Bruree Hydro seeks bids to replace turbine-generators of the 132-kW Bruree hydroelectric project on Ireland's Limerick River.

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Japan's Mitsui invests in 3,750-MW Jirau hydroelectric project


Capital investment and trading conglomerate Mitsui & Co. has announced it will acquire about 20% equity of ESBR Participacoes S.A., owner of Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau hydroelectric project, per an agreement with GDF Suez.

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Group proposes massive wave power plant in northern Wales


Hydrokinetic developer Tidal Lagoon Power Limited is eyeing Colwyn Bay in north Wales as a prospective site for a new 1 GW ocean power project, has learned.

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Tocardo, Climex make tidal energy distribution deal


Renewable power trader Climex has agreed to sell marine energy generated by Tocardo Tidal Turbines through its green energy trading platforms.

Albania seeks dam safety work at 600-MW Komani hydro project


Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare (KESH) invites applications for pre-qualification to perform dam safety civil works at the 600-MW Komani hydroelectric project on Albania's Drin River.

EIB adds funding for Nepal's 140-MW Tanahun hydropower plant


The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to a US$72.3 million loan to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal that will help finance the 140-MW Tanahun hydroelectric project.

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French town awards contract for hydropower project operation


The town of Saint-Etienne has awarded BRL Exploitation a contract for monitoring and operation of the Lavalette Dam hydropower project.

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