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Contracts awarded for Diamer Basha dam
14 May, 2020
The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has awarded a contract valued at around Rs. 442 Billion (US$5.8 billion) to a joint venture of Power China-FWO for the construction of the diversion system, main dam, and access bridge for the 4500MW Diamer Bhasa dam, as well as the 21MW Tangir hydropower project.

Weathering the storm
13 May, 2020
Extreme weather events are challenging water managers across New South Wales in Australia. After prolonged drought and catastrophic bush fires, long awaited rainfall has led to an increased focus on water quality in dam storages. Suzanne Pritchard reports.

Voith and Landsvirkjun launch pilot project on cavitation monitoring
13 May, 2020
Technology group Voith and Icelandic national power company Landsvirkjun are jointly working on a pilot project focused on innovative cavitation monitoring in hydropower plants. The project will see Voith will install an add-on function for its OnCare.Health conditioning monitoring at the Budarhals hydropower plant in Iceland.

Bombora and ORE Catapult collaborate on floating wave and wind technology
12 May, 2020
Wave energy developer Bombora has joined forces with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) in Wales for a research project focused on floating wave technology.

LS Power acquires pumped storage facility
12 May, 2020
LS Power Equity Advisors, LLC has agreed to acquire the 420MW Yards Creek pumped storage project in New Jersey, US.

Hull Street Energy completes hydro plant acquisition
12 May, 2020
Hull Street Energy has acquired Gauley River Power Partners, LLC – operator of an 80MW hydroelectric station in West Virginia, US – from Enel Green Power North America and GE Energy Financial Services.

Construction work starts on the Hüscherabach small hydropower plant, Switzerland
11 May, 2020
Construction work has begun on the 1.9MW Hüscherabach hydropower plant in the Splügen region in the Swiss canton of Grisons, with the project set to replace an old plant built in the 1930s.

Good practice guidance seeks Indigenous communities’ consent for hydropower development
11 May, 2020
New sustainability guidance has been developed to give increased confidence to local communities, industry and investors that hydropower projects can be successfully developed while respecting Indigenous People’s lands, rights and culture.

NEPRA grants licences to new hydro in Pakistan
07 May, 2020
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) in Pakistan has approved generation licenses for two new hydropower projects in the country.

Final dam section completed at Wudongde project, China
06 May, 2020
The final dam section of the Wudonge hydropower project in China was completed on 4 May, marking completion of the world’s first 300m low heat concrete arch dam, China Three Gorges Corporation has stated on its Twitter account.

The preferred alternative
05 May, 2020
The proposal to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River in the US has been rejected in the draft environmental impact statement for the Columbia River System. Agencies have been working to identify the best way to establish a more collaborative and creative approach to river operations and salmon protection.

Andritz to modernise Sobradinho plant, Brazil
05 May, 2020
Andritz is to perform the complete modernization and digitalization of the 1050MW Sobradinho hydropower plant on the São Francisco river, Bahia state, Brazil, after signing a contract valued after over €40 million with Companhia Hidrelétrica do São Francisco (CHESF)

70,000 evacuated as dam fails in Uzbekistan
04 May, 2020
Repair works are underway following the failure on 1 May of the dam at the Sardoba Reservoir in Uzbekistan, which resulted in the evacuation of over 70,000 people in the country and neighbouring Kazakistan.

African Development Bank debars Sinotec for three months for fraudulent practices
04 May, 2020
The African Development Bank Group has announced the debarment of Chinese firm Sinotec Company Limited for 36 months for engaging in fraudulent practices with regards to Bank funded projects in Africa.

SINN power introduces floating ocean hybrid platform
04 May, 2020
Wave energy developer SINN Power has introduced a new modular power generation platform that it says will allow wave, wind and PV technologies to work together.

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