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Generation commences at Pacific Hydro project
24 December, 2002
Australia's Pacific Hydro Limited has announced that its new run of river hydro development located at 'The Drop' near Berrigan in south central New South Wales has commenced generation.

Dam engineering conference call for papers
24 December, 2002
To be held from 18-20 October 2004 in Nanjing, China, the 4th International Conference on Dam Engineering will continue the discussion of the 3rd conference held in Singapore in March 2002.

Falls river planning process update
24 December, 2002
BC Hydro has announced that its Falls River Water Use Plan (WUP) process is well underway and the membership of its Consultative Committee has now been confirmed.

Voith Siemens to equip Taian
24 December, 2002
Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation has received a major contract to supply the main equipment for the Taian pumped storage project in Shandong Province, China.

Hydro-Québec announces selected small hydro bidders
17 December, 2002
Hydro-Québec Production of Canada has announced the projects that have been selected as a result of the call for tenders for hydroelectric generating stations of 50MW or less.

BC Hydro selects The Mosaic Company for customised training
17 December, 2002
The Mosaic Company has announced it has been selected by Canadian electric utility BC Hydro to design and develop customised training for its Indus PassPort implementation scheduled to go-live April 2003.

Enguri contract awarded to Voith Siemens
17 December, 2002
Public power generation company Enguirihesi has awarded the US$23.4M order for the modernisation of the largest hydro power station in Georgia, Enguri, to Voith Siemens Hydro Kraftwerkstechnik, of Heidenheim, Germany. The contract was signed at the end of November 2002.

Federal agencies to begin Glen Canyon test flow release
16 December, 2002
Experimental water releases from Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado river above Grand Canyon National Park have received environmental clearances and are set to begin on 1 January 2003.

Alstom and Waplans sign co-operation agreement
16 December, 2002
Alstom has signed an agreement with hydro-turbine manufacturer Waplans for co-operation on the Swedish hydro market.

VA Tech Hydro awarded new contract in China
16 December, 2002
VA Tech Hydro has been awarded a US$25.2M contract for a run-of-river power plant at Da Pu, Guangxi, China.

Thailand to buy power from Laos
10 December, 2002
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) plans to buy about 995MW of electricity from Lao developer Nam Theun II Power Company, beginning from 2008, according to reports on the Vietnam News Agency. The electricity would be used for domestic consumption in the country.

Synexus Global launches HydroVantage on an ASP platform
10 December, 2002
Synexus Global has announced that HydroVantage, the risk-based asset management software designed for the hydro power industry, is now available in an ASP Mode.

Alstom wins refurbishment order in Mozambique
09 December, 2002
Alstom has signed a contract valued at US$40.4M with Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa SA (HCB), for the complete refurbishment of the Cahora Bassa hydro power station (5 x 415MW), located on the Zambezi river near Songo in the Tete province of Mozambique.

Ecobulb in operation
06 December, 2002
VA Tech hydro has put into operation its first 'Ecobulb' turbine generator unit.

Dam safety and security act becomes law
05 December, 2002
On 2 December 2002, US President Bush signed the Dam Safety and Security Act of 2002, now Public Law 107-310. The Act cleared the Senate by unanimous consent on 14 November 2002, and was passed in the House on 5 September by a vote of 401-2.

ASI Group completes tunnel inspection
03 December, 2002
ASI Group based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada has successfully completed an inspection of the 16km headrace tunnel, from the Hell Hole reservoir to the Middle Fork power house located on the Middle Fork American river, in Placer County, California.

VA Tech Hydro to power Pindo
03 December, 2002
VA Tech Hydro has been awarded a contract worth approximately US$15M to upgrade the O Nova Pindo power station in A Coruna Province, Spain, by Ferroatlantica.

Alstom wins supplementary order to Kiira station
03 December, 2002
Exercising the option in the contract signed with Alstom in August 2002 for delivery of the fourth unit (40MW) to Kiira power station (previously known as Owen Falls Extension), Uganda Electricity Generation Company has awarded Alstom a supplementary order for the complete supply and installation of the fifth 40MW unit in the existing pit.

Ande reduces power purchases from Itaipu
03 December, 2002
Paraguay's state power company Ande has cut its power purchases from the Itaipu bi-national hydro plant from the original 713MW/month to 400MW/month, resulting in a net reduction in payments of US$84M to Itaipu for 2003.

Menasha dam undergoes renovation
03 December, 2002
The Menasha dam in Wisconsin, US, a 70-year-old concrete structure owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is in the final stages of a two-month, US$850,000 overhaul.

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