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Plans for new hydropower development in Argentina totaling over 18GW are...
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Record-breaking 2016 for Itaipu hydro plant, plans unveiled to ensure future operation
The Itaipu hydroelectric plant on the Brazil, Paraguay border ended 2016 with a historic production of 103,098,366MWh – a new world record in annual generation, Itaipu Binacional...
BNDES loans funds for Enel’s Apiacas project
The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has signed a 373 million Brazilian reais (US$115 million) loan agreement with Enel Group to cover part of the investment required to build...
1800MW Teles Pires plant commissioned in Brazil
Iberdrola has announced the 1800MW Teles Pires hydropower plant in the Amazon Forest in Brazil is now fully operational, with the company having completed the project in a record time...
Endesa Chile drops water rights for Chilean hydro plants
Endesa Chile has given up the water rights to six hydropower plants in Chile, which the company says have been identified as being unviable.
Tapajos dam plans rejected by IBAMA
Brazil’s Federal Environmental Agency (IBAMA) has officially announced the cancellation of licences for the 8000MW São Luiz do Tapajós dam project in the Amazon over concerns...
Brazilian bank to support small hydro growth
Brazil's Far South Regional Development Bank (BRDE) is helping to support the growth of small hydro in country after signing a cooperation agreement with hydropower association ABRAPCH...
Seven face charges over Samarco dam disaster
Six executives from mining company Samarco, including president Ricardo Vescovi, together with one contractor, are to be charged with homicide following the fatal dam breach at...
New contracts for Andritz in Latin America
Andritz Hydro is modernise and equip three hydropower projects in Brazil and Nicaragua in contracts valued at EUR 70 million.
Go ahead given to increase cost of Brazilian hydro
Owners of Brazilian hydropower plants will be permitted to raise electricity charges to their customers if production falls due to the country’s persistent drought.
Waneta Expansion connects to grid
The Waneta Expansion Project near Trail, British Columbia, has been connected to the BC Hydro grid by developer The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP) - a JV between Fortis...
Agreements signed for marine energy R&D center in Chile
Development of a marine energy research and development centre in Chile took a major step forward this week with the signing of a joint agreement in Paris.
Brazil and Bolivia planning new dam
The Brazilian and Bolivian governments are in discussions for the development of a new 3GW hydroelectric dam on Bolivia’s section of the Madeira River, newswires have reported.
320 ton runner on its way to Belo Monte, Brazil
Voith Hydro has announced that the largest runner it has ever produced in Latin America was this week shipped to the Belo Monte hydropower project in Brazil.
EDF takes majority stake in Sinop dam, Brazil
EDF has acquired a 51% stake in Sinop Energy Company, the company responsible for constructing and operating the 400MW Sinop hydroelectric dam in Brazil.
Tunnel collapse at Coca Coda Sinclair kills 13
A tunnel collapse at the Coca Coda Sinclair hydroelectric project in Ecuador's Amazonian region has killed 13 workers and injured a further 12.
World’s longest power transmission link commissioned
Power and automation technology group ABB has announced it has successfully commissioned the longest transmission link in the world, developed to bring electricity from two...
Chile’s HidroAysen needs reformulating, says Enel CEO
Plans for the 2750MW HidroAysen project in Chile’s Patagonia region need to be restructured or reformulated if the project is to go ahead, Enel CEO Francesco Starace told reporters...
SediCon sluicers to be used on Coca Codo Sinclair project, Ecuador
Sedicon is to supply the sediment removal equipment for the desanders at the 1500 MW Coca Codo Sinclair project in Ecuador after signing a contract with EPC contractor Sinohydro.
Studies to investigate feasibility of hydro in Guyana
Guyana and Brazil have agreed to jointly study the hydropower potential of the Upper and Middle Mazaruni areas in Guyana.
Alstom to provide new units to Santo Antonio, Brazil
Alstom is to supply additional equipment to the Santo Antonio hydro plant in Brazil in a contract worth around €80M.