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Contract awarded for major upgrade of Rowallan Dam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.