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Osney Lock Hydropower Project

Group seeks investors for Osney Lock micro hydro project


Efforts to raise funds for a 49 kW micro hydro plant in Oxford have netted more than US$195,000 since shares in the project were first offered earlier this week, though developer West Oxford Community Renewables (WOCoRe) said there is still work to be done.

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Voith to upgrade Rheinkratwerk Albbruck-Dogern hydropower project


The Rheinkraftwerk Albbruck-Dogern hydroelectric project will soon receive a multi-million dollar modernization from Voith, according to a release from the company's Heidenheim headquarters.

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ResHydro wins Scottish grant for tidal technology development


Tidal technology developer ResHydro will use a US$153,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise to establish a research operation in Glasgow.

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Siemens cuts ribbon at U.K.'s first tidal power assembly plant


Global engineering and manufacturing giant Siemens has opened the United Kingdom's first tidal power assembly and production plant, which will be used to build turbine units for deployment in Wales and Scotland.

Georgia seeks bids to refurbish waterways of 1,250-MW Enguri, 245-Vardnili cascade


Georgia project operator Engurhesi Ltd. seeks bids for civil works construction to refurbish waterways and to construct a new discharge channel for the 1,250-MW Enguri hydroelectric project and the 245-MW Vardnili hydropower cascade on Georgia's Enguri River.

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Cemex to supply concrete for Austrian pumped-storage project


International cement supplier Cemex has been selected to provide materials for Austria's 430-MW Reissek 2 pumped-storage hydroelectric plant, has learned.

Albania seeks dam safety program for three hydroelectric projects


Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare (KESH) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a dam safety program and emergency preparedness plans for the 500-MW Fierze, 600-MW Komani, and the 250-MW Vau i Dejes hydroelectric projects on Albania's Drin River.

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Sediment kills thousands of fish downstream from Switzerland's Punt dal Gall Dam


Sedimentation released through the Punt dal Gall dam is being blamed killing thousands of trout and other aquatic wildlife in Switzerland's Spoel River, has learned.

Bosnia seeks management consultants for 20-MW Vranduk hydropower development project


Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist project preparation and management of the 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric development project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kakhovka Hydropower Project

Turboatom completes work at Kakohvka hydropower plant


Rehabilitation and upgrade work at the Ukraine's Kakhovka hydropower plant is now complete, according to hydroelectric equipment manufacturer Turboatom.

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Voith Hydro signs deal to modernize four Norwegian hydropower projects


Voith Hydro has signed a US$12.9 million deal with Norwegian power provider Statkraft to modernize six turbines at four hydroelectric projects.

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New FiT band benefits small hydro development in U.K.


Small hydropower project developers are hopeful that the 100-500 kW hydro band introduced earlier this month to the United Kingdom's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme will help stimulate renewable production growth.

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IHA, hydroelectric power sector observe U.N.'s World Water Day


The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is calling upon the hydroelectric power sector to use World Water Day as an opportunity to extol the virtues of hydropower as a means of managing water resources throughout the world.

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Albania approves concessions for 127.6 MW Shala River hydropower project


Power developer Shala Energy sh.p.k. has signed a concession agreement with the Republic of Albania's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energyto develop a 127.6 MW hydroelectric project on the Shala River.

Bank seeks consultants for Caucasus energy program including hydro


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from firms to serve as project consultant and verification consultant for a sustainable energy financing program in Caucasus nations that includes hydropower.

Bank seeks Drina River control, management, including hydro, in Balkans


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to support water resources management in the Drina River Basin of the Balkans.

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EBRD agrees to finance two Bosnian small hydropower projects


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a loan worth US$46.4 million for the construction of Bosnia's 20-MW Vranduk and expansion of the 9.4-MW Una Kostela hydropower plants.

Hydropower's Positive European Outlook


European electricity generator trade group Eurelectric, together with the Hydro Equipment Association (HEA) and European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), have issued a new fact sheet on hydropower because, they believe, its key role as an enabler of the transition to clean renewable power remains insufficiently understood among Brussels-based policy makers.

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Statkraft buys EVN AG's share in Devoll hydropower project


Austrian energy group and hydro project operator EVN AG has agreed to sell its 50% share in Devoll Hydropower ShA to Norwegian utility Statkraft A.S.

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