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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.

Water under the bridge?
22 December, 2010
Ten years have passed since publication of the World Commission on Dams’ final report. Suzanne Pritchard spoke to some of those involved in this revolutionary process in the big dams debate. But is WCD still topical now in 2010, or is it all just water under the bridge?

Facing reality on dam development
22 December, 2010
The World Commission on Dams report overlooked the benefits of and improvements made by dams to society, says ICOLD president Jia Jingsheng. In addition, its guidelines were somewhat idealistic. However ten years on, ICOLD believes that the negative impacts of project development should never be suppressed, overlooked or underestimated. The construction and operation of dams and hydropower projects can no longer be considered as a purely scientific and technical matter. A wide range of other aspects are involved today

Installing the Turbinator
22 December, 2010
CleanPower has installed its first Turbinator at the Hegset dam in Norway. The Turbinator combines an axial turbine and generator in a compact and sealed machine, and can utilise lost hydropower potential from environmental outlets

Historic beacon of green power
22 December, 2010
James A Besha, president of Albany Engineering Corporation in the US, gives an historical insight into the rehabilitation of the Stuyvesant Falls hydro project in New York State

Sayano Shushenskaya accident – presenting a possible direct cause
22 December, 2010
The cause of a fatal accident that occurred on 17 August 2009 at the Sayano Shushenskaya Dam and powerhouse in Southern Siberia has never fully been revealed. In this peer-reviewed paper, F A Hamill presents a hypothesis of the underlying direct cause of the accident

Five in focus – new pumped storage schemes
22 December, 2010
IWP&DC presents details on five important pumped storage schemes currently under development or recently commissioned worldwide

Old concept, new opportunities
22 December, 2010
The conventional benefits of pumped storage, coupled with its modern application of integration with intermittent renewable energy technologies, are fuelling its development. Purushottam Uniyal of business intelligence provider GlobalData reports

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).

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