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European bank seeks consultant to advance Turkey renewables plan


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help the government of Turkey develop a renewable energy action plan, including small hydropower.

France's EDF awards contract for concrete repairs at Chambon Dam


Electricite de France (EDF) has awarded a contract to Bouygues Travaux Publics Regions France to rehabilitate concrete at the Chambon Dam on the Romanche River in eastern France.

Energa Hydro awards contract for work at Zydowo pumped-storage plant


Power Engineering S.A. of Poland has won a US$2.78 million contract to refurbish a generator at the 156-MW Zydowo pumped-storage project on the Radew River.

Polish utility names supplier for Otmuchow hydropower plant rehab


Energoprojekt Warszawa S.A. has won a contract worth US$12.2 million to replace two turbine-generators at the 4.8-MW Otmuchow hydropower project on Poland's Nysa Klodzka River.

Verbund, E.ON agree to hydropower asset swap


Austrian utility Verbund and energy provider E.ON have agreed on a US$2 billion asset trade that includes German hydropower capabilities and Turkish equity interests, has learned.

Austria utility seeks partner to develop 300-MW Pfaffenboden


Vienna utility Wien Energie GmbH seeks expressions of interest from potential partners to develop the 300-MW Pfaffenboden pumped-storage project in Austria.

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Minesto launching next round of ocean power tests soon


Hydrokinetic energy company Minesto will soon begin a new round of testing with its "Deep Green" technology, has learned.

French utility awards contract for work at 2.864-MW Saint-Julien-Mont-Denis hydroelectric plant


Saem Sorea of France has awarded a contract to Truchet Travaux Publics to supply and install a penstock for the 2.864-MW Saint-Julien-Mont-Denis hydropower project.

Contract awarded for substation construction at 80-MW Budarhals hydroelectric plant


Icelandic transmission utility Landsnet has awarded a US$1.2 million contract to Orkuvirki ehf. to construct a substation for the 80-MW Budarhals hydropower project.

Turkey developer seeks further construction of 204-MW Alpaslan 2


A unit of Turkish hydro developer Enerjisa seeks bids to construct additional civil works of the 204-MW Alpaslan 2 hydroelectric project on Turkey's Murat River.

Albania to offer four hydropower projects for sale after deal falls through


Albania's government will re-offer four hydroelectric plants for sale after a previous investor withdrew from bargaining. 

Hydro, renewables projected to continue growing, new report says


A new report from the International Energy Agency says renewables -- including hydropower -- are poised to challenge fossil fuels as the world's primary source of electricity in the coming decades.

Bank of Georgia, Germany's KfW ink deal for small hydro development


Bank of Georgia Holdings PLC (BGH) and German development bank KfW have a loan agreement worth US$32 million that will primarily be used for the construction of small hydropower projects.

Macedonia utility seeks EM equipment for 70-MW Boskov Most


Macedonia utility AD Elektrani na Makedonija seeks bids to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 70-MW Boskov Most hydroelectric project on the Mala Reka River in western Macedonia.

Romanian groups receive IHA Hydropower Sustainability Protocol training


A number of members of the Romanian hydroelectric industry have completed an introduction to the International Hydropower Association's Hydropower Sustainability Protocol.

Bosnian utility awards contract for repairs at 315-MW Visegrad hydroelectric project


Zublin Spezial Tiefbau GmbH has won a contract worth US$11.5 million to control seepage beneath the 315-MW Visegrad hydropower plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Austria utility seeks steel, earthworks, turbine to expand 9.58-MW Opponitz


Vienna utility Wien Energie GmbH seeks bids for hydraulic steel, earthworks, and a turbine-generator for expansion of the 9.58-MW Opponitz hydroelectric project on Austria's Ybbs River.

German railroad, utility company teaming up to reduce CO2 emissions


German railway company Deutsche Bahn has signed a long-term agreement with utility E.ON for the annual delivery of hydroelectric power.

Hydrokinetic developers submit application for power-generating lagoon


Potential developers of a massive US$880 million tidal power project have submitted an application to construct the plant on the Welsh coast, has learned.

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