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Montana dam to be removed
23 December, 2004
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to remove Montana’s Milltown dam to help combat pollution in the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers.

Work starts on Dac Pone
22 December, 2004
Work has started on the construction of the Dac Pone hydroelectric power plant in Mang Canh and Dac Long communes in the Central Vietnamese Highlands province of Kon Tum, according to the Vietnamese News Agency.

Russian plant fully commissioned
21 December, 2004
All three units of the 15,000kW Gunib hydroelectric plant, in Dagestan, Russia, have been fully commissioned at a total cost of US$15M.

US Dams labelled historic
20 December, 2004
Two US hydroelectric plants have been entered in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the nation's list of historically significant cultural resources that are worthy of preservation.

Kazakh PM calls for Moinak completion
17 December, 2004

Water shortages force hydro closures
16 December, 2004
Water shortages have forced more than 100 small hydro plants in southern China to be closed down temporarily, to conserve water for farming.

One step at a time: electrifying Nepal
15 December, 2004
With its steep-sided valleys and raging rivers, the mountain kingdom of Nepal has an undoubtedly huge hydroelectric potential, but will large hydro pave the way to development for the impoverished population?

More revenue from Chukka hydro
15 December, 2004
The tariff for the purchase of power to India from the Chukha hydro power project in Bhutan is to be increased by 33% from January 2005. The new rate was approved by the government of India on a request by the King of Bhutan.

Dam to improve water supply
15 December, 2004
A proposal to build an A$40M (US$30.5M) dam south of Blayney in New South Wales, Australia, to improve water supply in the Town of Canowindra is being considered by Central Tablelands Water (CTW).

Ralco to generate an extra 120MW
14 December, 2004

Eastmain EIS filed
14 December, 2004

China endorses 300MW ocean energy project
10 December, 2004
The Chinese government has signed an agreement with UK-based Tidal Electric for a renewable energy tidal power project near the mouth of the Yalu river.

Power partnership leases hydro project
09 December, 2004
Bellows Falls Power Company, a 50-50 joint venture between North America’s Brascan Power and Emera Inc., has entered into an agreement to lease the 49MW Bellows Falls hydroelectric generating facility from the town of Rockingham.

Construction in progress at Kops II
08 December, 2004
Construction work has officially begun on the 450MW Kops II hydroelectric plant in Vorarlberg, Austria, with commissioning scheduled for 2007/2008.

Work starts on Monjolinho
06 December, 2004
Work is underway on a 67MW hydroelectric plant in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with the project due to begin service in the fourth quarter of 2006.

More water for New Zealand farmers
03 December, 2004
Farmers in the Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand, have signed an irrigation deal with Meridian Energy that will provide them with 150Mm3 of water per year.

US$300M Lewis river settlement agreed
02 December, 2004
Pacificorp and Cowlitz Public Utility District have reached a settlement on the relicensing of four dams on the Lewis river in southwest Washington state, US, in a move that will see as much as 280km of salmon and bull trout habitat reopened over the next 50 years.

Snake river dams set to stay
01 December, 2004
The US government has released its final revised biological opinion on the operation of eight dams on the Columbia and lower Snake rivers, and has said that the dams will not be removed, even as a last resort.

Nam Theun 1 PDA signed
01 December, 2004
Malaysian construction company Gamuda Bhd has signed a project development agreement with the Laos government to build the US$550M Nam Theun 1 hydroelectric power project. Construction on the 400MW scheme is due to commence in early 2006.

A review of design aspects for stepped spillways
01 December, 2004
Volume XV Issue 3

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