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Statkraft to supply hydropower to Hydro Energi’s Norwegian aluminium plants
09 June, 2023
Statkraft is to supply 0.44 terawatt-hours (TWh) per year to Hydro Energi AS’ aluminium plants in Norway from 2024 to 2038 under a recently signed long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

New issue of Dam Engineering: Volume XXXII, Issue 4
09 June, 2023
The latest issue of Dam Engineering (Volume XXXII, Issue 4) has been published.

Global hydropower capacity grows by 34GW, but falls short of net zero 2050 targets, says IHA’s World Hydropower Outlook
08 June, 2023
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released its inaugural World Hydropower Outlook, which reveals that global hydropower capacity grew by 34GW in the past year. This includes 10GW of pumped storage, and marks the first time since 2016 that over 30GW of hydropower capacity has been added in a single year. Hydropower currently accounts for more than 15% of the world's electricity generation.

Underground infrastructure engineering completed for US’ first full-scale wave energy test facility
07 June, 2023
Jacobs has successfully completed the underground infrastructure engineering for the PacWave South commercial-scale ocean wave energy testing facility – set to become the first pre-permitted, full-scale test facility for wave energy devices in the US.

IHA’s World Hydropower Outlook available for download
07 June, 2023
The International Hydropower Association has announced the first edition of the World Hydropower Outlook is available for download. The Outlook sets out a realistic roadmap to enable hydropower and other renewables to deliver against net zero targets.

SSE Generation Ltd faces £9.78 million penalty for breaching licence agreement
07 June, 2023
UK energy regulator Ofgem has taken action against SSE Generation Limited after uncovering a breach of its generation licence. Following an extensive investigation, Ofgem has issued a notice proposing that SSE pay a penalty of £9.78 million. The breach involves SSE receiving excessive payments from National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) in exchange for reducing output at the Foyers pumped storage power station.

Nova Kakhovka dam breached in Ukraine, operator says it is beyond repair
06 June, 2023
The Nova Kakhovka dam located in the Russian-controlled southern part of Ukraine has been breached, with the dam's operator Ukrhydroenergo stating it is 'beyond repair'. Ukraine has claimed that Russia deliberately destroyed the dam, while Russia has suggested it is Ukraine who is responsible for the damage.

DBP approves funds for hydroelectric plant in Leyte, the Philippines
05 June, 2023
The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has extended a credit assistance amounting to P441 million for the development of the 2MW Bao River hydroelectric plant in Kananga, Ormoc City, Leyte.

Ontario Government expresses support for "Made-in-Ontario" waterpower
05 June, 2023
Energy Minister Todd Smith reaffirmed the Ontario government's commitment to "Made-in-Ontario" waterpower during his keynote address at the Annual Power of Water Canada Conference, organised by the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA).

NIB funds to boost hydro upgrade in Norway
05 June, 2023
The Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 15-year NOK 146 million loan (€12.5 million) with Helgeland Kraft that will be used to upgrade the Grytåga hydropower plant in Vefsn Municipality, Nordland, and support the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure LAD OPP across Northern Norway.

Overhaul underway on Unit 2 at Wivenhoe pumped storage plant, Queensland
02 June, 2023
The 570MW Wivenhoe Pumped storage hydropower station in Queensland – the largest hydroelectric facility in the Australian state – is set to be given a major overhaul under a $17 million investment announced this week by Assistant Minister for Energy, Lance McCallum.

New Zealand’s Waimea Community Dam reservoir ready to fill up
01 June, 2023
In a significant development for the Waimea Community Dam project, the project's reservoir was officially closed on 26 May, signalling its readiness for filling. The construction of the dam, a joint effort between the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators, marks a significant milestone in New Zealand's infrastructure, being the first large dam built in the country in 25 years and the first publicly-funded large dam in three decades since the completion of the Clyde Dam.

Groupe Filatex forms joint venture with Hyvity to create ENHY
01 June, 2023
Groupe Filatex has announced the creation of ENHY through a joint venture with the French firm Hyvity for the development of hydropower in Madagascar.

OPG's Calabogie generating station returns to service with enhanced capacity
01 June, 2023
Ontario Power Generation has announced that the redeveloped Calabogie Generating Station is back in service, providing more clean hydropower for the Canadian province of Ontario.

Scottish Water harnessing hydropower at waste water treatment works
01 June, 2023
Scottish Water has announced that construction is well underway on the first pre-fabricated hydro scheme to be installed ‘mid process’ at a waste water treatment works in the UK.

Hydro-Québec's Eastmain-1 Development assessed against Hydropower Sustainability Standard
01 June, 2023
The Hydropower Sustainability Alliance (HSA) and Hydro-Québec have jointly released the Assessment Report, evaluating the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of the Eastmain-1 Development project in accordance with the Hydropower Sustainability Standard (HSS). This comprehensive report sheds light on the project's operational practices and impact management.

SMEC selected to carry out feasibility study for rehabilitation of Pauanda hydropower project, PNG
30 May, 2023
SMEC has been appointed by DT Global, under the Australian Government-funded Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP), to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the Pauanda Hydropower Project in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Major works construction starts at LHWP II
26 May, 2023
Lesotho and South Africa celebrated a significant milestone this week as construction officially commenced on the main water transfer works for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The works include Polihali Dam, Polihali Transfer Tunnel and the Senqu Bridge.

Consto secures new contract for dam rehabilitation in Norway
24 May, 2023
Consto Dambygg AS has recently secured a new contract with Statkraft Energi AS for the rehabilitation of seven dams located in Høyanger, Norway. The contract builds upon Consto's successful completion of seven previous dam rehabilitation projects in the same region, which commenced in the spring of 2021.

Construction begins on innovative solar project at Montelupone hydroelectric plant, Italy
24 May, 2023
Enel Green Power has begun construction of a new solar power plant at the Montelupone hydroelectric power plant in the Marche region of Italy. The initiative involves the installation of a photovoltaic roof over a diversion channel.

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