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Alstom to work on El Quimbo project, Colombia
23 December, 2010
A consortium formed by Alstom and Colombian assembly company Schrader Camargo has signed a contract with Endesa subsidiary Emgesa for the supply and assembly of electromechanical equipment for the 400MW El Quimbo hydro power plant. The total value of the contract is EUR 90M.

Hochtief fined after death of worker at Glendoe hydro plant
22 December, 2010
Hochtief Construction AG has been fined £266,000 for a breach of Health and Safety legislation, following the death of a construction site worker at the Glendoe hydro scheme in Scotland.

IHA adopts the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
21 December, 2010
International Hydropower Association (IHA) members have confirmed support for the Association’s adoption of the revised Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, ensuring that the Protocol excels as a sustainability assessment tool to measure and guide performance in the hydropower sector.

LIHI certifies School Street project as low impact
21 December, 2010
The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has certified the School Street Project – owned by Brookfield Renewable Power subsidiary Erie Boulevard Hydropower LP– as low impact, recognizing the plant has avoided or reduced environmental impacts pursuant to LIHI criteria.

Fortum plans to bid for French hydro concessions
21 December, 2010
Fortum is preparing to participate in the tender processes for hydropower concessions in France in 2011, the company said in a statement.

Finance secured for Cheves project, Peru
21 December, 2010
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide long-term financing of up to US$250M to help build the 168MW Cheves hydropower project in Peru, project developer SN Power has announced.

New powerhouse to boost hydro, fish passage on US river
20 December, 2010
Construction work has started on a new powerhouse on northwest Washington’s Baker River that will aid salmon runs while also boosting hydroelectricity production for US utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE).

Mott MacDonald to carry out climate resilience studies in Tajikistan
20 December, 2010
Engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Asian Development Bank to assess the vulnerability of Tajikistan’s water sector assets to climate impact.

PPL completes sale of Maine hydro assets
20 December, 2010
PPL Corporation has completed the sale of its remaining three hydroelectric generating facilities in Maine to the Penobscot River Restoration Trust for approximately $24M.

Scottish Govt unveils plans for ‘hydro nation’
17 December, 2010
The Scottish Government has unveiled plans that could see publicly-owned utility Scottish Water become a renewable energy generator, helping to create a ‘hydro nation’.

Funding approved for small hydro studies
17 December, 2010
The Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada has approved funding of $2.5M to study the potential for small-scale hydroelectric projects.

SMEC to work on Indonesian hydro project
17 December, 2010
Indonesian contractor PT Duta Graha Indah Tbk has awarded Australia-based SMEC a contract to provide consultancy services for the 5.5MW Batang Gadis hydroelectric project on the Batang Gadis River in Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Voith Hydro wins Venda Nova III contract
16 December, 2010
Voith Hydro, as the leader in a consortium with Siemens Portugal, is to supply the complete electromechanical equipment for two reversible pumped storage units at the Venda Nova III project in Portugual following the award of a EUR122M contract from Energias de Portugal (EDP).

NIB finances new hydro station in Greenland
15 December, 2010
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has approved a EUR 33.5M loan to the Greenland Self Rule Government to finance the construction of a new hydropower station near Sisimiut, on the western coast of Greenland.

Alstom wins €70M supply contract on Guanyinyan dam, China
15 December, 2010
DaTang Guanyinyan Hydropower Development Co. Ltd has awarded Alstom a contract worth approximately 70 million for the supply of three 600MW Francis turbine generator units to the new Guanyinyan hydropower station on the Jinsha River in Yunnan province, China. The first unit is due to enter commercial operation in 2014.

EIB to help finance transmission project in Tanzania
14 December, 2010
The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide a US$135M loan to co-finance a new 667km high voltage transmission line being built by TANESCO that will see hydropower generated in the south of Tanzania being transferred to north of the country.

Weir Group acquires American Hydro Corp
14 December, 2010
Scotland-based The Weir Group has acquired American Hydro Corporation, a US-based manufacturer of high-efficiency turbine components for hydroelectric power generation.

Upper Mattagami-Hound Chute stations in service ahead of schedule
14 December, 2010
Canadian power utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has announced that all four new hydro stations built as part of the Upper Mattagami-Hound Chute hydro project are now in service – close to five months ahead of schedule and on budget.

Barnard Construction to raise Californian dam
14 December, 2010
Barnard Construction has been awarded a $35M contract to heighten the Los Vaqueros Dam as part of the Contra Costa Water District's (CCWD) Los Vaqueros Expansion Project in California, US.

Validation of the volume of fluid method for free surface flow over a stepped spillway
14 December, 2010
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