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India and Bhutan in hydro deal
23 December, 2009
India and Bhutan have agreed to prepare detailed project reports for four new hydro power schemes, with work expected to start in 2012.

Oriental Peninsula to buy stake in Philippines hydro plant
23 December, 2009
Philippines-based firm Oriental Peninsula Resources Group has announced it will acquire a 40% state in Oriental Energy Power Corp, which is planning to a build an 18MW hydro power plant on the Timbaban River in Aklan Province by 2012.

Fort Chicago to buy New York hydro facility
22 December, 2009
Fort Chicago Energy Partners has agreed to acquire the 33MW Northbrook hydro facility on the Black River in upstate New York.

Kynshi Stage I and II revived
22 December, 2009
The Meghalaya state government in India has given the go-ahead for Athena Power and Jai Prakash Power Ventures to develop the 450MW Kynshi Stage I and the 450MW Kynshi Stage II project respectively, reports the Press Trust of India.

Areva wins US$400M contract for Madeira transmission work
22 December, 2009
Areva T&D has been awarded a US$400M contract by IE Maderia for work on a 600kV HVDC transmission link for the Maderia hydroelectric complex in Brazil.

SJVNL to upgrade Dhaula Sidh project
22 December, 2009
Indian engineering firm Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) has decided to upgrade the power generation capacity of its Dhaula Sidh hydro project from 40MW to 66MW.

Sandia adds water power to research portfolio
22 December, 2009
Sandia National Laboratories has announced it will receive more than $9M over three years from a US Department of Energy competitive laboratory solicitation for the development of advanced water power technologies.

Standard Bank and GD Power in carbon emission reductions purchase agreement
21 December, 2009
South Africa-based Standard Bank has agreed to buy CO2 emissions reductions from three new hydro power plants operated by China’s GD Power Development Co.

Tunnel breakthrough at Ta Trach and Hua Na projects, Vietnam
18 December, 2009
Cavico Corporation has announced that its subsidiaries Cavico Mining and Cavico Power and Resource Construction have broken-through two major tunnels at the Ta Trach project and the Hua Na project, respectively.

Brazil and Peru plan hydro agreement
18 December, 2009
Brazil and Peru are expected to reach an agreement by March that could see the development of five new hydro power projects with a combined capacity of 6000MW.

Vattenfall and Pelamis sign joint venture in marine development
18 December, 2009
Vattenfall has underlined its ambitions in the marine energy market with the announcement of plans to develop a major wave power farm near the UK’s Shetland Islands.

Myanmar adds new hydro capacity
18 December, 2009
Myanmar has commissioned three new hydro power plants in western Rakhine state to meet electricity demand in the region, China View has reported.

FERC approves new 30-year licence for Smith Mountain
18 December, 2009
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted Appalachian Power a new 30-year licence to continue operating the Smith Mountain pumped storage project.

Impregilo-led consortium to build Sogamoso project, Columbia
17 December, 2009
A consortium led by Italy’s Impregilo and including Columbian companies Conalvias and Tecnica Vial, has been awarded the tender to build a hydroelectric plant on the river Sogamoso in northwestern Columbia.

Improvements planned for Roza Diversion Dam, US
16 December, 2009
The US Bureau of Reclamation has awarded Triad Mechanical Inc a US$806,496 contract for improvements to the Roza Diversion Dam in Washington state, US.

Groups want alternative to Klamath settlement agreement
16 December, 2009
A coalition of environmental groups have announced they are supporting an alternative to the draft Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement that it says would secure a shortened timeline for removal of four dams on the Klamath River in the US states of Oregon and California.

Winning bidders named for San Roque, Bakun and Benguet capacities
15 December, 2009
Strategic Power Development Corp has been named the winning bidder for the National Hydropower Corporation’s contracted capacity of the San Roque multipurpose hydroelectric project in the Philippines, with Amlan Power Holdings named the highest bidder for the combined Benguet and Bakun project capacities.

CAF approves loan for Sogamoso plant, Columbia
15 December, 2009
The Andean Development Corporation (CAF) has approved a US$140M loan for Columbian public utility Isagen to cofinance construction of the 820MW Sogamoso hydroelectric plant, which will be one of the five largest power generating plants in the country upon its completion in 2014.

MoU addresses dam issues in New Brunswick, Canada
15 December, 2009
The government of New Brunswick and the Tobique First Nation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) resolving a number of outstanding issues related to the Tobique and Beechwood dams in the Canadian province.

GEI to work on Thompson Falls fish ladder construction
14 December, 2009
Engineering firm GEI Consultants has been selected by PPL Montana to provide ecological engineering services for the construction of its $7M full height fish ladder – the first of its kind in the US – at the Thompson Falls Hydroelectric Plant in Thompson Falls, Montana.

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