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Contract awarded for major upgrade of Rowallan Dam
19 December, 2012
Tasmanian company Hazell Bros has been awarded a contract for the first stage of a project to undertake a major upgrade of Rowallan Dam in Tasmania’s north.

Scotrenewables gets new funding boost
18 December, 2012
Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited has announced details of £8.84M in new financing which includes £1.24M in public funding from the Scottish Government as well as £7.6M in private investment from a trio of multi-national backers.

Consortium plans pumped storage upgrade
17 December, 2012
A consortium of European energy and technology companies says that the use of variable speed technology in pumped storage hydropower plants would help to cost-effectively integrate renewable energy into the European grid.

E.ON and Verbund in asset swap
17 December, 2012
E.ON has agreed an asset swap deal with Verbund that will give the German energy firm a presence in Turkey’s electricity market.

Multiconsult establishes subsidiary in England
12 December, 2012
Multiconsult of Norway has announced the opening of a new office in Ashford, Kent in England. This will service the company’s expanding portfolio of work, particularly in the hydro power sector. It is the first office in the UK that Multiconsult has opened and joins the company’s expanding network of offices around the world.

New Zealand news update
12 December, 2012
King Country Energy (KCE) has celebrated 50 years of power generation at its Kuratau power station in New Zealand’s North Island. Located on the western side of Lake Taupo, 30km northwest of Turangi, the 36m high, 70m long earth and rockfill dam has a mean annual output of 29GWh and utilises a head of 64m.

Vietnamese warning of irrigation water shortage
12 December, 2012
The Vietnamese Irrigation Management Company of Quang Ngai province has reported that only three out of 16 reservoirs managed and operated by the company have reserved enough irrigation water for agricultural production for the next crop. The three reservoirs were named as Vuc Thanh in Tra Bong, Hoc Sam in Mo Duc and So Hau in Duc Pho.

Mavel completes project in Belarus
12 December, 2012
Mavel has announced the recent commissioning of the Grodnenskaya hydroelectric project in the Republic of Belarus. Located on the Neman River, 8km from the city of Grodno, the project is owned by RUP Grodnoenergo. Mavel signed a contract to provide turbines and related technology for the project in July 2009. Financing was provided by the Czech Export Bank.

Ambuklao dam gets safety certification
12 December, 2012
The Philippine’s 105MW Ambuklao hydroelectric power plant has received confirmation of certification for its occupational safety and health management system (OSHMS). Mike Hossillos, vice president for Corporate Communications at SN Aboitiz Power, said that they have worked hard and the certification is an achievement of all company workers.

Climate targets will not be met without hydro power
12 December, 2012
The importance of renewable energies in achieving climate change targets and sustainable development has been discussed by the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance) at COP18 in Doha, Qatar. At the event hydro power was described as being ’critical’ to achieving such targets.

EMEC’s fourth collaboration agreement in Asia
05 December, 2012
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) based in Orkney, Scotland, has announced another major international collaboration agreement in which the test facility will assist in the development of a marine energy test centre in Taiwan.

Supporting Scotland’s future as a Hydro Nation
05 December, 2012
Scotland’s future as a Hydro Nation, as set out in the Water Resources (Scotland) Bill, has been supported by the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

Backing for building Pakistan’s dams
05 December, 2012
Khurram Baig, Business Editor of The Express Tribune in Pakistan, is backing construction of the Kabalah dam. In an article published on 3 December 2012 Baig said: ‘I know what I am going to say next will probably make most people cringe. We need to build the Kalabagh dam. We need to build lots of dams, but we also need to build the Kalabagh dam and our political leadership needs to show some maturity, and get it done. We have no choice.’

Hochtief to add to South American portfolio
05 December, 2012
Hochtief Solutions together with a partner has been awarded the contract for construction of the Alto Maipo hydro power plant in Chile. The contract volume of the project near Santiago amounts to around €215M, of which Hochtief has a share of roughly €150M. The project is owned by Chilean energy utility A.E.S. Gener.

Four feared dead in Cambodia dam accident
05 December, 2012
Reports from Cambodia claim that four workers building the Stung Atay dam in the west of the country have been swept away by floods.

Metro Vancouver utilising hydro potential at non-powered dams
05 December, 2012
Metro Vancouver in Canada is proposing to generate electricity from its dams during rain drenched months of the year. The supply of high quality drinking water will remain the first priority of a new water use plan for the Capilano and Seymour Watersheds, which includes the Cleveland dam. Built in 1954 to create Capilano Lake for water storage, the dam currently does not capture energy from spilled water.

Hydro Tasmania rejects ‘inaccurate’ attack on Malaysian project
04 December, 2012
Hydro Tasmania has described a campaign attacking its role in the Malaysian state of Sarawak as being materially inaccurate and a significant misrepresentation of the facts.

BNDES approves R$22.5B in financing for Belo Monte
29 November, 2012
The Board of Directors at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has approved R$22.5B (US$10.7B) in financing for construction of the 11,233MW Belo Monte hydroelectric plant on the Xingu River in Brazil.

Wave tank deal to reduce risks for marine renewables industry
28 November, 2012
Developers of marine energy devices are to benefit from a new collaboration that will help reduce the risk and cost of testing.

New acquisitions present tremendous opportunities for Hydro Ottawa
28 November, 2012
In Canada Hydro Ottawa has completed the purchase of three hydroelectric plants, a 38.3% interest in the Ring dam and remaining water rights at Chaudière Falls from Domtar Corporation for C$46M.

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