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Scottish small hydro developer receives investment for growth


A US$5.27 million investment from the Scottish Equity Partner's Environmental Energies Fund will allow hydropower developer Green Highland Renewables to continue expanding its business.

SSE Renewables gains local support for 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage plant


The controversial 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage scheme scored a victory earlier this week by gaining support from the Scottish Highland Council, has learned.

Hydro Gains on Investment Slide


Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that 2012 investment in renewable and clean energy is expected to fall considerably short of the record $280 billion spent last year.

Testing and Validation of Hydro Turbine Shaft Seals


Extending the performance envelope of turbine shaft seals in hydropower applications offers opportunities to reduce leakage and improve reliability.

Swiss seek firms to expand controls for new unit at 93-MW Lavey


The city of Lausanne invites applications for pre-qualification to expand and adapt the control system of the 93-MW Lavey hydroelectric project to accommodate the addition of a new 29-MW turbine-generator.

Turkey developer seeks EM equipment for 204-MW Alpaslan 2


A unit of Turkish hydro developer Enerjisa seeks bids to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 204-MW Alpaslan 2 hydroelectric project on Turkey's Murat River.

Rouby of Cognac wins bid for work at France's 5.9-MW Panneciere hydroelectric project


Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium has awarded a contract to Rouby of Cognac for work at the 5.9-MW Panneciere hydropower plant on France's Yonne River.

Verbund sells shares of Austrian utility to focus on rehab and improvement efforts


An announcement from Verbund about the modernization of its 236.5-MW Ybbs-Persenbeug hydropower plant comes just days after the Austrian electricity company announced it had sold its share in utility Energie Klagenfurt GmbH.

Poland utility extends bidding for monitoring, operating system at 160-MW Wloclawek


Polish utility Energa Hydro Sp. z.o.o. has extended the deadline for bids to supply a computer monitoring and operating system for 160.2-MW Wloclawek Dam on Poland's Vistula River.

Two more generating units online soon at Ukraine's Dnister pumped-storage plant


Two new units at OJSC UkrHydroEnergo's Dnister pumped-storage hydroelectric plant will soon be in operation, Ukrainian news sources report.

Swiss city seeks bids to add unit to 93-MW Lavey


The city of Lausanne seeks bids for civil works and equipment to add a 29-MW turbine-generator to the 93-MW Lavey hydroelectric project on the Bois-Noir River in Switzerland.

Modernizations under way at France's 5-MW Pont Baldy hydropower plant


Energie Developpement Services du Brianconnais (EDSB) is modernizing its 5-MW Pont Baldy hydroelectric plant in Briancon, France.

French town seeks monitoring and operation of Lavalette Dam


The town of Saint-Etienne seeks bids for monitoring and operation of the Lavalette Dam hydroelectric project in France.

Tocardo and Huisman form strategic partnership for offshore development


Hydrokinetic turbine manufacturer Tocardo International has begun a long-term partnership with equipment manufacturer Huisman, has learned.

Belarus seeking funds for new string of hydropower plants


The Belarusian government is discussing the construction of a number of hydroelectric projects along the Dnieper River.

French firm extends civil engineering bids for 700-kW Sauveterre, fishway


Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) has extended the deadline for bids for civil engineering of a fish passage structure and hydropower plant of the 700-kW Sauveterre project on France's Rhone River.

Gilkes to open third U.K. hydro servicing plant


Hydroelectric turbine manufacturer Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon Ltd. has announced its plan to open a new Hydro Service Centre in Invergordon, Scotland.

IHA provides hydropower sustainability training for more industry members


Representatives from a number of companies and organizations associated with the hydroelectric industry have completed training in the International Hydropower Association's Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

Irish hydrokinetic producer, utility company teaming up for 100-MW tidal energy plant


Marine turbine manufacturer OpenHydro and Irish utility Bord Gais have been granted exclusive rights to develop a 100-MW tidal energy farm off Torr Head on the north coast of Antrim.

Poland utility seeks monitoring, operating system for 160-MW Wloclawek


Polish utility Energa Hydro Sp. z.o.o. seeks bids to supply a computer monitoring and operating system for 160.2-MW Wloclawek Dam on Poland's Vistula River.

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