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  1. Work to resume at 60-MW Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower plant in Nepal

    Work is expected to resume in the near future at the headworks for the 60-MW Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower project located on the Trishuli River in the Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts of Bagmati zone in central Nepal, according to published reports. The project’s headworks are located at Salletar, 20-km north of Trishuli bazaar and construction on the project began fiscal year 2010-11. According to several published local reports, during the week of Jan. 1, the Nepal government directed the Nepal Army to repair the access road to the headworks and place structural protections around the site. The types of protections being placed around the site are not immediately available. The cost to implement the protections and the cost to repair the access road have not been publically released. A date has not been released for construction to resume on the headworks at the project. Construction at Upper Trishuli 3A stopped on April 25, 2015, after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Gorkha district of north-central Nepal. That seismic event and an additional earthquake on May 12 destroyed a 5-km-long section of the access road to the surge shaft, headworks, 11-kV transmission line and construction equipment. Road access to the project’s powerhouse has been opened, but the road to the surge shaft and headworks remains impassable to necessary construction equipment and personnel, according to the project’s developer, China Gezhouba Group Company Ltd. (CGGC) . The government of Nepal and the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank signed a memorandum of understanding on the transmission line and bay extension for the project in May 2011, according to the state-owned Nepal Electricity Authority, which owns the project. In August 2011, a Chinese delegation and Nepal's government signed an agreement for the provision of a soft loan estimated at US$115 million. The concessional loan has a 1.75% annual interest rate, payable over a 25-year period including a 5-year grace period, according to published documents. The government of Nepal, pre-earthquake, estimated the total cost of the project at $126 million. A project status contract for civil, electro- and hydro-mechanical works was signed on May 28, 2010, with CGGC for $89 million. Current government figures say earthquakes and aftershocks at that time killed about 9,000 people and injured another 22,000 in and around Barpak, a village in Gorkha district.

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  2. Two bills introduced to expand hydroelectric power in Alaska

    U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have introduced two bills designed to expand hydroelectric power in Alaska.

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  3. Study reveals effects of hydropower projects in China on Mekong River

    Operations of hydropower projects in China have caused major river flow changes to the Mekong River since 2011, according to research recently published by scientists with Aalto University in Finland.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  4. Michigan State University using National Science Foundation grant to investigate hydropower

    Scientists at Michigan State University are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate new ways of producing hydropower , increasing food production and lessening the environmental damage caused by dams.

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    Thu, 26 Jan 2017

  1. 8-MW Pathankayam small hydropower run-of-river project commissioned in Kerala, India

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. India-backed small hydropower project inaugurated in Nepal

    Upgrades to the 930-kW Thame Khola hydropower plant are officially complete, following a ceremony that included dignitaries from Nepal and partner country India earlier this week.

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  3. Gambia River Basin Organization seeks to develop 20-MW Saltinho hydropower project in West Africa

    Gambia River Basin Organization (OMVG) is preparing and structuring the proposed construction of the 20-MW Saltinho run-of-river hydropower plant in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, on the Corubal River, according to a recent announcement from the organization.  

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    Fri, 27 Jan 2017

  4. Itaipu hydropower plant to undergo 10-year controls overhaul

    Fresh off setting a new world record for annual power generation, operator Itaipu Binacional has announced a 10-year plan to upgrade plan that will further increase the Itaipu hydropower plant's output.

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2017

  5. Cesbe wins civil works contract for Brazil's 700-MW Sao Manoel hydropower plant

    Brazilian construction firm Cesbe has been awarded a contract to complete civil works at the 700-MW Sao Manoel hydropower plant.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  6. Emerging market energy developers and Cameroon sign agreement for 485-MW Kpep hydropower project

    Emerging markets energy developer Joule Africa, the Republic of Cameroon and Energy of Cameroon (ENEO) signed an agreement on Jan. 13 to develop the US$1.5 billion 485-MW Kpep hydropower project, located on the Katsina-Ala River near the Nigerian border in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.  

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  7. AfDB awards US$992,000 grant for 7.8-MW Mutunguru small hydropower project in Kenya

    The Africa Development Bank (AfDB)-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) recently announced it has approved a US$992,000 grant for the 7.8-MW Mutunguru hydropower project located on the Mutonga River in Meru County, Kenya.  

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  8. BNEF: 2016 new investment lower in clean energy including small hydropower and marine energy

    New investment in clean energy worldwide fell from US$348.5 billion in 2015 to $287.5 billion (excluding large hydropower plants of more than 50 MW) in 2016 or about 18%, according to figures from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

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