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Nova Kakhovka dam breached in Ukraine, operator says it is beyond repair
06 June, 2023
The Nova Kakhovka dam located in the Russian-controlled southern part of Ukraine has been breached, with the dam's operator Ukrhydroenergo stating it is 'beyond repair'. Ukraine has claimed that Russia deliberately destroyed the dam, while Russia has suggested it is Ukraine who is responsible for the damage.

DBP approves funds for hydroelectric plant in Leyte, the Philippines
05 June, 2023
The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has extended a credit assistance amounting to P441 million for the development of the 2MW Bao River hydroelectric plant in Kananga, Ormoc City, Leyte.

Ontario Government expresses support for "Made-in-Ontario" waterpower
05 June, 2023
Energy Minister Todd Smith reaffirmed the Ontario government's commitment to "Made-in-Ontario" waterpower during his keynote address at the Annual Power of Water Canada Conference, organised by the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA).

NIB funds to boost hydro upgrade in Norway
05 June, 2023
The Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 15-year NOK 146 million loan (€12.5 million) with Helgeland Kraft that will be used to upgrade the Grytåga hydropower plant in Vefsn Municipality, Nordland, and support the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure LAD OPP across Northern Norway.

Overhaul underway on Unit 2 at Wivenhoe pumped storage plant, Queensland
02 June, 2023
The 570MW Wivenhoe Pumped storage hydropower station in Queensland – the largest hydroelectric facility in the Australian state – is set to be given a major overhaul under a $17 million investment announced this week by Assistant Minister for Energy, Lance McCallum.

New Zealand’s Waimea Community Dam reservoir ready to fill up
01 June, 2023
In a significant development for the Waimea Community Dam project, the project's reservoir was officially closed on 26 May, signalling its readiness for filling. The construction of the dam, a joint effort between the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators, marks a significant milestone in New Zealand's infrastructure, being the first large dam built in the country in 25 years and the first publicly-funded large dam in three decades since the completion of the Clyde Dam.

Groupe Filatex forms joint venture with Hyvity to create ENHY
01 June, 2023
Groupe Filatex has announced the creation of ENHY through a joint venture with the French firm Hyvity for the development of hydropower in Madagascar.

OPG's Calabogie generating station returns to service with enhanced capacity
01 June, 2023
Ontario Power Generation has announced that the redeveloped Calabogie Generating Station is back in service, providing more clean hydropower for the Canadian province of Ontario.

Scottish Water harnessing hydropower at waste water treatment works
01 June, 2023
Scottish Water has announced that construction is well underway on the first pre-fabricated hydro scheme to be installed ‘mid process’ at a waste water treatment works in the UK.

Hydro-Québec's Eastmain-1 Development assessed against Hydropower Sustainability Standard
01 June, 2023
The Hydropower Sustainability Alliance (HSA) and Hydro-Québec have jointly released the Assessment Report, evaluating the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of the Eastmain-1 Development project in accordance with the Hydropower Sustainability Standard (HSS). This comprehensive report sheds light on the project's operational practices and impact management.

SMEC selected to carry out feasibility study for rehabilitation of Pauanda hydropower project, PNG
30 May, 2023
SMEC has been appointed by DT Global, under the Australian Government-funded Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP), to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the Pauanda Hydropower Project in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Major works construction starts at LHWP II
26 May, 2023
Lesotho and South Africa celebrated a significant milestone this week as construction officially commenced on the main water transfer works for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The works include Polihali Dam, Polihali Transfer Tunnel and the Senqu Bridge.

Consto secures new contract for dam rehabilitation in Norway
24 May, 2023
Consto Dambygg AS has recently secured a new contract with Statkraft Energi AS for the rehabilitation of seven dams located in Høyanger, Norway. The contract builds upon Consto's successful completion of seven previous dam rehabilitation projects in the same region, which commenced in the spring of 2021.

Construction begins on innovative solar project at Montelupone hydroelectric plant, Italy
24 May, 2023
Enel Green Power has begun construction of a new solar power plant at the Montelupone hydroelectric power plant in the Marche region of Italy. The initiative involves the installation of a photovoltaic roof over a diversion channel.

Milestone for Snowy 2.0 project as second tunnel excavated
23 May, 2023
An important construction milestone has been achieved at the Snowy 2.0 project in Australia, with the successful completion of a second tunnel excavation at Lobs Hole.

First Minister of Scotland urges UK Government to support pumped storage for Net Zero transition
23 May, 2023
In a bid to combat the climate emergency and achieve a fully decarbonized electricity system, Humza Yousaf, First Minister of Scotland, has called on UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to provide support for pumped storage hydropower through a market mechanism. The move aims to bolster the integration and optimization of renewable energy sources while ensuring grid stability and security of supply.

SSE unveils plans to redevelop Sloy power station into pumped storage project
22 May, 2023
SSE Renewables has announced it is planning to convert the 152MW Sloy hydropower Station into a pumped storage facility, with the transformed facility expected to deliver up to 25GWh of long-duration electricity storage capacity, enabling it to provide firm and flexible renewable energy for up to 160 continuous hours.

Nigeria’s Kashimbila project inaugurated
22 May, 2023
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has officially commissioned the 40MW Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam project in Taraba State

New credit assistance program from USACE to assist dam safety projects
22 May, 2023
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have announced the finalization of a rule that will establish a credit assistance program for dam safety projects. The program, known as the Corps Water Infrastructure Financing Program (CWIFP), aims to provide financial support in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to non-federal dam safety projects.

New hybrid hydro-floating solar project to be built at Ubol Ratana Dam, Thailand
19 May, 2023
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has signed a contract with a consortium of Mitr Phol Energy Services Co, PEA ENCOM International Co and Dongfang Electric International Corporation (MPD Consortium) to build a hydro-floating solar hybrid project at the Ubol Ratana Dam in Khon Kaen Province.

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