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Texmaco-SSMPL JV secures contract for Arun-3 hydropower project in Nepal
22 September, 2023
Texmaco-SSMPL JV, a joint venture led by Texmaco, has inked a significant contract (Package C-5) with the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Arun-3 Power Development Company Limited (SAPDC) for the Arun-3 hydroelectric power plant, a 900MW run-of-the-river hydropower project currently under construction in Nepal.

Ukrhydroenergo signs deal with GE Vernova to restore Ukrainian hydropower facilities
21 September, 2023
Ukrhydroenergo has inked a Memorandum of Collaboration with GE Vernova's Hydro Power business that will see the companies collaborate on the restoration and rejuvenation of Ukrainian hydropower facilities, with a particular emphasis on the critical Kakhovka hydropower Pplant.

Statkraft becomes sole owner of Brazilian subsidiary Statkraft Energias Renováveis (SKER)
21 September, 2023
Statkraft has acquired the remaining 18.69% of shares in its Brazilian subsidiary, Statkraft Energias Renováveis (SKER), making it the sole owner of SKER. The shares were purchased from Fundação dos Economiários Federais (Funcef), the third-largest pension fund in Brazil. This transaction, which solidifies Statkraft's position in the Brazilian renewable energy market, marks an important milestone in the company's ongoing growth and sustainability efforts.

US Department of Energy invests $6.3 million to enhance environmentally sustainable hydropower and protect fish populations
20 September, 2023
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding exceeding $6.3 million is to be allocated to six research and development projects focused on the advancement of fish passage and protection technologies, ultimately reducing the environmental impact of hydropower on aquatic ecosystems.

GE Vernova completes first of six upgrades at Qairokkum hydropower plant, Tajikistan
20 September, 2023
GE Vernova's hydropower business has successfully completed the upgrade of the first of six Kaplan turbine and generator units at the Qairokkum hydropower plant in the northwestern province of Sughd. The refurbishment project, undertaken in collaboration with Barki Tojik, marks a critical step towards enhancing the plant's capacity and extending its operational life.

ASU and SRP collaborate on hydropower research projects for asset preservation and modernization
19 September, 2023
Arizona State University (ASU) has joined forces with the Salt River Project (SRP) to embark on two research projects focused on preserving and maintaining value of the hydropower assets on SRP’s watershed,.

CorPower Ocean collaborates with AltaSea for US expansion
19 September, 2023
Swedish wave energy firm CorPower Ocean has entered into a significant partnership with AltaSea, the leading blue economy research and development center in the US. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed at the Port of Los Angeles, signifies CorPower Ocean's strategic move to pave the way for its expansion into the American market.

New hydro-themed comic book aims to spotlight hydropower's hidden world
18 September, 2023
In an effort to shed light on the often-overlooked world of hydropower, a new hydro-themed edition of the Spark Squad Comic Book series has been unveiled. This unique initiative, led by experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), seeks to educate readers, young and old alike, about the vital role of hydropower in our clean energy future.

Share the sustainable hydropower story
15 September, 2023
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) have two upcoming opportunities for our readers to get involved in sharing the sustainable hydropower story.

MEPs overwhelmingly approve plans to boost renewable energy in the EU
15 September, 2023
The European Parliament has this week endorsed a significant expansion of renewable energy deployment, aligning with the EU's Green Deal and REPowerEU initiatives. The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) will elevate the share of renewables in the EU's final energy consumption to 42.5% by the year 2030, with an ultimate goal of reaching 45%.

Montanhydraulik welcomes new CEO Jens Ennen as Dr Ralf Becker retires
14 September, 2023
Montanhydraulik GmbH is undergoing a significant change in its leadership team. Effective September 1, 2023, Jens Ennen has assumed the role of Chairman of the Executive Board (Chief Executive Officer) of the company. This transition comes as Dr. Ralf Becker, who served as the Chairman of the Management Board for over a decade, steps down to enjoy his well-earned retirement.

FirstLight Power expands hydropower portfolio with acquisition of Hydromega Services
14 September, 2023
FirstLight Power has finalised its agreement to acquire Canadian renewable operator and developer Hydromega Services Inc. The acquisition includes ownership interest in ten hydroelectric assets and a substantial clean energy development pipeline, bolstering FirstLight's presence in North America.

Kleinschmidt Associates to undertake South Fork Tolt spillway options analysis project for Seattle Public Utilities
13 September, 2023
Kleinschmidt Associates has secured a contract with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to deliver engineering and permitting services for the evaluation of options aimed at enhancing the South Fork Tolt Dam's spillway, situated to the east of Seattle, Washington, US.

Thousands killed as dams collapse in devastating floods in Derna, Libya
13 September, 2023
The devastating collapse of dams in Derna, Libya, has left the city reeling in the wake of catastrophic flooding, with a death toll now estimated at 3,000 with this expected to rise, according to Ahmed Madroud, the deputy mayor of Derna.

DEWA's pumped storage plant in Hatta reaches 74% completion mark
12 September, 2023
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) marked a significant milestone as its pumped storage project in Hatta reached 74% completion. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, recently conducted a site visit to assess the progress of the ambitious venture.

LHDA awards major contract for Final Phase II bridges, ensuring critical connectivity to Polihali reservoir
12 September, 2023
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) successfully concluded the procurement process for the final two major bridges under Phase II at the end of August. The contract, worth M511,500,000.00, was awarded to the Concor-Nthane Brothers M&K Bridges Joint Venture.

Hydro4U consultation in At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan explores water governance and Count4D tool deployment
11 September, 2023
On September 8, 2023, a significant Stakeholder Consultation aimed at enhancing water governance and introducing the Count4D tool to the At-Bashi basin was held in the village of At-Bashi. This event, funded by the European Union's Hydro4U project, brought together local and provincial stakeholders from Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. Attendees included representatives from government offices, educational institutions, water management departments, irrigation systems, engineering, and construction firms.

Ethiopian Prime Minister announces successful final filling of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
11 September, 2023
In a significant announcement posted on social media platform X, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali declared the successful completion of the fourth and final filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Prime Minister Abiy expressed his pleasure and gratitude, emphasizing the collective effort of Ethiopians who contributed to achieve this milestone.

Biden-Harris Administration commits over $13 million to boost hydropower expansion
08 September, 2023
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled an investment of more than $13 million in seven research and development projects aimed at advancing hydropower as a pivotal source of clean energy, in alignment with President Biden's "Investing in America" agenda. This funding, facilitated by the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is set to propel technologies for power generation at non-powered dams while accelerating the growth of pumped storage hydropower (PSH).

Cowi selected as advisor for £500 million Cruachan expansion
06 September, 2023
Cowi has been selected by renewable energy firm Drax to provide advisory services for the £500 million expansion of its Cruachan pumped storage hydro plant located in Argyll, Scotland.

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