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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.
Voith secures contract for largest hydro power project in Chile
15 November, 2012
Voith has secured a new major contract for the Alto Maipo hydro power project in Chile. The facility located in the metropolitan area of Chile’s capital Santiago is the largest hydro power project in the history of the South American country.
Alstom supplies equipment for biggest Colombian hydro plant
13 November, 2012
Alstom has been awarded a contract worth around €170M, by Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) to supply turbine and generator units for the Ituango hydro power plant on the Cauca river in Colombia. It will be the country’s biggest hydro plant generating 2400MW.
Alstom to equip Baixo Iguaçu plant, Brazil
01 October, 2012
Alstom has signed a contract with Neoenergia for the supply of three Kaplan hydro turbines, generators, control command and protection systems as well as electromechanical and erection equipment for the Baixo Iguaçu hydropower plant in Brazil. The total contract value is €160M, including hydromechanical and lifting equipment, with Alstom’s share around €110M.
Voith celebrates hydro history in York, Pennsylvania
17 September, 2012
Voith commemorated 135 years of hydropower manufacturing in the York area by hosting a celebration at its facility in West York, Pennsylvania. On Sunday, Voith employees and their families, customers, and honored guests including York-area Congressman Todd Platts were in attendance to celebrate the occasion. On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett spoke to Voith workers during an employee service recognition celebrating 1585 years of total service. “For 135 years, the turbines used to produce energy to power millions of homes and businesses have come from the York area, and Voith is proud to be a part of this rich history of American manufacturing,” said Voith Hydro President and CEO Kevin Frank. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and our employees who keep this factory running day in and day out. Voith will continue to provide the equipment that generates the renewable energy to power America and drives economic growth for its people. We look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries in York and the United States.”Voith traces its York-area hydropower manufacturing lineage to 1877, when Stephen Morgan Smith began designing and making hydraulic turbines. The company, which would be incorporated as S. Morgan Smith, built a plant in York in 1890 and in 1953 began construction on a facility on East Berlin Road where Voith Hydro is currently located. The Voith connection goes back to the S. Morgan Smith days when members of the Voith family would travel by steamship from Europe to the US to visit the facility. In 1986, Voith Hydro acquired Allis-Chalmers, which had previously acquired S. Morgan Smith. When the original S. Morgan Smith plant opened in 1890, it employed 20 people. Today, Voith is a full-line supplier of hydropower equipment and services, including turbines, generators, and automation systems for both large and small hydro projects. The company now employs over 500 in York, making a strong contribution to the regional economy.“Today is a special occasion for Pennsylvanians as we celebrate the 135th anniversary of American hydropower manufacturing in the York area,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said. “Pennsylvania is proud of its manufacturing success and the skilled Pennsylvanians who hold these jobs. Voith has shown with this important milestone, it’s something that has been passed down from generation to generation. Hydropower isn't just powering our homes and our businesses - it's powering our economy, our recovery and our prosperity, too." “I am honored to join Voith Hydro in celebrating its 135 years of manufacturing first-rate American hydropower equipment,” Congressman Todd Platts added. “By expanding the use of hydropower, we not only create jobs in our community and across the country, but we also provide clean energy for America’s future. Voith Hydro has been a longtime leader in the hydropower industry and an outstanding member of the local business community. I commend and congratulate its more than 500 employees on this remarkable achievement.”
Common sense reform
20 August, 2012
Positive steps have been made in the right direction and the licensing of US hydropower projects has improved. However, problems still exist and have the potential to stifle further development. Members of the industry recently gave their testimonies in support of new legislation, which will be of particular benefit to small hydro development. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Award winning scheme from NYPA
20 August, 2012
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has received an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Award from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for the habitat restoration of Little Beaver Island, the fourth such award for the power utility
Unlocking hydro potential
20 August, 2012
Hydropower still has enormous unfulfilled potential in the US. Recent reports suggest that the country’s conventional hydro fleet could be expanded by 15% - without the construction of a single new dam. But can hydro find the right key to unlock such growth potential? Although the Department of Energy has been applauded for its research efforts into energising non-powered dams, the US Army Corps of Engineers has also been criticised for excluding hydro from recent proposals. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Las Vegas in luck
20 August, 2012
A Falcon ROV is playing a key role in a project to keep fresh water flowing to the US city of Las Vegas
US House passes hydro act
12 July, 2012
The US House of Representatives has passed the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act in a move that could speed up the licensing process for small hydro projects.
Eagle Creek acquires third Mongaup River Valley hydro project
26 June, 2012
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC has completed the purchase of the 7MW Swinging Bridge hydroelectric project from AER NY-Gen, complementing the company’s purchases earlier this year of the Mongaup Falls and Rio projects, creating a 21MW system of five reservoirs and three generating facilities within New York State’s Mongaup Valley.
Developments in South America
22 June, 2012
There has been major growth in the hydropower sector in South America. Carrieann Stocks presents a round-up of some of the latest projects under development in the resource rich region
Alstom wins new hydro contracts in Canada
25 May, 2012
Alstom has been awarded three contracts with a total value of EUR40M at hydroelectric power sites operated by Canadian utilities Hydro-Québec and Manitoba Hydro.
NYPA becomes four-time OSAW Award winner
18 May, 2012
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has received an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Award from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for the habitat restoration of Little Beaver Island in Grand Island, New York, the fourth such award for the power utility.
Gift of the gap
15 May, 2012
Hydro and more transmission links are increasingly key resources to balance intermittent generation as more wind and solar plants are built, in Europe and North America. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Eagle Creek purchases hydro facilities
05 April, 2012
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy has acquired the majority of the companies and generating facilities owned by North American Hydro, substantially increasing the company’s footprint in the hydroelectric industry in the US.
Hydro investments in Latin America, Africa set to increase, says report
23 March, 2012
Increasing government support will encourage investments from the public and private sectors to tap into the substantial unexploited hydropower potential found in Latin America and Africa world, according to a new report by business intelligence expert GBI Research.
Alstom sets corner stone for Global Technology Centre in Brazil
08 March, 2012
Alstom today placed the corner stone of its future hydropower Global Technology Centre for Latin America, in Taubaté (state of São Paulo - Brazil). This new centre will be located in Alstom’s largest hydro manufacturing facility, with capacity to produce all electromechanical equipment for hydro plants in Brazil and for projects abroad.
World Bank debars Alstom Hydro France for three years
24 February, 2012
Alstom Hydro France and Alstom Network Schweiz AG - in addition to their affiliates - have been barred from working on World Bank funded projects for three years following their acknowledgment of misconduct in relation to a hydropower project in Zambia, the World Bank has announced.
Riverbank and enXco in pumped storage agreement
16 February, 2012
Hydro developer Riverbank Power and enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, have entered into an agreement to jointly develop pumped storage facilities in North America, initially focusing on large-scare development in the Northwest region.