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Global renewable energy sector added 13.7 million jobs in 2022
03 October, 2023
In a significant milestone for the renewable energy industry, the global workforce in the sector expanded to over 13.7 million jobs in 2022, marking a substantial increase of one million jobs compared to the previous year and nearly doubling the figures from a decade ago. These findings come from the latest collaborative report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Iraq plans to build new dams in 2024 to tackle drought and water scarcity
03 October, 2023
Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources has unveiled an ambitious plan to start construction of 36 new dams across the country in 2024, with the aim of mitigating the worsening drought and water scarcity issues, as reported by state media on Monday.

Andritz consortium secures Merangin Mini hydropower contract with Bukaka Group
02 October, 2023
A consortium comprising PT Andritz Hydro of Indonesia and Andritz Hydro Private Limited from India has signed a contract for the Merangin mini hydropower plant located in Jambi Province, Indonesia. This marks the consortium's third collaboration with the Bukaka Group, following the successful completion of the Cikandang and Cikaengan-1 mini hydropower projects in 2021 and 2022.

US Senators Murkowski and Sullivan propose legislation to boost hydropower upgrades
02 October, 2023
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both representing Alaska under the Republican banner, have introduced legislation with the aim of fortifying existing hydroelectric facilities to continue providing clean, flexible, and cost-effective electricity to Alaskan consumers. The senators were also among the original co-sponsors of the "Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity and River Restoration Act of 2023," which has garnered support from a diverse coalition of industry, environmental, and clean energy organizations.

Fortum announces modernization project for historic Untra hydropower plant in Sweden
02 October, 2023
Fortum has unveiled an ambitious plan to breathe new life into the Untra hydropower plant, a historic facility dating back to 1911. With an investment exceeding SEK 700 million (over €60 million) earmarked for the period 2023-2030, Fortum is setting its sights on revitalizing one of Sweden's oldest hydropower plants.

Canada's Ocean Supercluster launches $10.5 million HydroAware project for AI-enhanced fish monitoring in hydropower
29 September, 2023
Canada's Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has unveiled the HydroAware Project, a $10.5 million initiative aimed at advancing hydropower capabilities while ensuring the conservation of aquatic habitats through AI-powered fish monitoring. This endeavor is set to enhance fish tracking technology in challenging marine environments and improve the accessibility of fish tracking insights in remote locations.

Ukrhydroenergo and Aecon collaborate on hydroelectric power plants in Ukraine
28 September, 2023
Ukrhydroenergo, the state-owned Ukrainian hydroelectric power company, has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with Canadian firm Aecon Construction Global Services Inc, for the development of hydroelectric power plants in Ukraine. This agreement was formalized during a high-profile event held in Toronto, Canada.

Call for papers - Dam Engineering
27 September, 2023
Our sister publication, Dam Engineering, is currently accepting paper submissions on the planning, design, construction & maintenance of reservoirs, dams & barrages + scientific aspects of the design, analysis & modelling of dams, hydropower plants & associated structures.

MIGA set to help boosts Mexico's hydropower capacity with guarantee
27 September, 2023
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank (MIGA) has issued a guarantee aimed at enhancing Mexico's hydropower capacity. The guarantee was provided to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) to mitigate the risk of Non-Honoring of Financial Obligations by a State-Owned Enterprise (NHFO-SOE). This guarantee is in connection with Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico's state-owned integrated electric utility, and is associated with a loan provided to Fideicomiso de Energías Limpias Número 10670 (FIEL), for which CFE acts as the guarantor.

Peruvian hydraulic engineering expert, Cesar Adolfo Alvarado Ancieta, wins 2023 IHE Delft Alumni Award
27 September, 2023
Cesar Adolfo Alvarado Ancieta, a distinguished hydraulic engineering expert hailing from Peru, has been named the recipient of the coveted 2023 IHE Delft Alumni Award. The prestigious accolade, presented by the International Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Sciences (IHE Delft), acknowledges the global influence of Alvarado Ancieta's groundbreaking work in river management and engineering.

Clean energy growth keeps path to 1.5°C climate goal open, but stronger international cooperation urgently needed, says IEA update
26 September, 2023
In an update to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) landmark Net Zero Roadmap, the path to limiting global warming to 1.5°C remains open thanks to the record growth of clean energy technologies. However, the report emphasizes the need for greater ambition and implementation supported by stronger international cooperation to reach climate goals.

European Commission's Horizon Programme initiates call for hydropower equipment development projects
26 September, 2023
The European Commission, under the Horizon research Programme, has announced a call for projects focused on the "Development of hydropower equipment for improving techno-economic efficiency and equipment resilience in refurbishment situations." This initiative is aimed at bolstering the sustainability, efficiency, and competitiveness of the hydropower sector, with a specific focus on the European Union as part of the broader #REPowerEU context.

Global collaboration in hydropower: IHA and IWHR join forces
26 September, 2023
In an effort to enhance sustainable hydropower initiatives on a global scale, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the China Institute of Water Resources (IWHR) have entered into a cooperative agreement this month.

BHEL secures contract for India’s largest hydropower project
25 September, 2023
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured a significant contract for the Electro-Mechanical (E&M) components of the largest hydropower project in India – the 2880MW Dibang Multipurpose Project in Arunachal Pradesh.

$7.5 Billion Federal credit program opens to boost dam safety projects in the US
25 September, 2023
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has officially commenced the acceptance of applications for a $7.5 billion credit assistance program known as the Corps Water Infrastructure Financing Program (CWIFP), with a primary focus on bolstering dam safety projects. The CWIFP aims to expedite non-federal investment in the nation's dam infrastructure by offering cost-effective, extended-duration, and adaptable loans tailored for the specific needs of these vital projects.

Rookwood Weir reaches major milestone with spillway completion
25 September, 2023
The Rockwood Weir project in Queensland, Australia, moved a significant step towards completion on Friday with the final concrete pour for the weir crest. The Honourable Glenn Butcher, Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing, and Minister for Water, was on hand to announce the latest milestone.

Texmaco-SSFMPL JV secures contract for Arun-3 hydropower project in Nepal
22 September, 2023
Texmaco-SSFMPL JV, a joint venture led by Texmaco, has inked a significant contract (Package C-5) with the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Arun-3 Power Development Company Limited (SAPDC) for the Arun-3 hydroelectric power plant, a 900MW run-of-the-river hydropower project currently under construction in Nepal.

Ukrhydroenergo signs deal with GE Vernova to restore Ukrainian hydropower facilities
21 September, 2023
Ukrhydroenergo has inked a Memorandum of Collaboration with GE Vernova's Hydro Power business that will see the companies collaborate on the restoration and rejuvenation of Ukrainian hydropower facilities, with a particular emphasis on the critical Kakhovka hydropower Pplant.

Statkraft becomes sole owner of Brazilian subsidiary Statkraft Energias Renováveis (SKER)
21 September, 2023
Statkraft has acquired the remaining 18.69% of shares in its Brazilian subsidiary, Statkraft Energias Renováveis (SKER), making it the sole owner of SKER. The shares were purchased from Fundação dos Economiários Federais (Funcef), the third-largest pension fund in Brazil. This transaction, which solidifies Statkraft's position in the Brazilian renewable energy market, marks an important milestone in the company's ongoing growth and sustainability efforts.

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