Jobs and People

Southern Company announced that Chris Womack, executive vice president and president of external affairs, has been elected by the Georgia Power Board of Directors to succeed Paul Bowers as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power. Bowers’ retirement is scheduled to coincide with the Vogtle Unit 3 fuel load, which is expected in...
Rehabilitation and Repair

The Volta River Authority announced that the 160-MW Kpong generating station has been commissioned after its retrofit. The Kpong hydro project, on the Volta River in Akuse in the Eastern Region, was commissioned in 1982. The powerhouse contains four turbine-generator units. The retrofit work began in October 2014, with Unit 2 contracts signed with Andritz...
New Development

Ecuador’s state power corporation Celec has issued an international call to structure the public selection process for the concession of the 596-MW Cardenillo hydro project on the Paute River. BNamericas reported previously that Celec finalized a local search for the process after the sole participant did not fulfill minimum requirements. The contract entails the preparation...
Business

There were 261 power plant tenders announced in the Asia-Pacific region in Q3 2020, marking a rise of 18% over the last 12-month average of 221, according to GlobalData’s power industry tenders database. Of these, 18 tenders were related to hydropower. T&D equipment stood at first place when compared with other power tender categories in...
Jobs and People

Bree Sheron, P.E., PMP, has been named the new Northwest hydropower program manager for HDR. Sheron is based in Portland, Ore., and is driving strategic development of HDR’s hydropower program in the region, leading multi-disciplined teams and collaborating with clients as a program and project manager.  “Hydropower is the world’s largest renewable energy source. With...
Jobs and People

Boralex Inc. announced that Patrick Decostre has been appointed president and chief executive officer, succeeding Patrick Lemaire who will retire on Dec. 31, 2020. Decostre started as the corporation’s first employee in Europe, where he spent 18 years building Boralex’s footprint and making it France’s first independent onshore wind power producer. “The Board is proud...
Controls and Automation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its sixth CyberForce Competition™, which challenges college students to compete in a realistic cybersecurity defense exercise, will take place virtually on Nov. 14, 2020. Argonne National Laboratory, which hosted the first CyberForce Competition in 2016, manages the competition on behalf of DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and...
Finance

Honduran state power company ENEE’s plan to overhaul the 300-MW Francisco Morazan (also called El Cajon) complex, the country’s largest power plant, has received a boost after the IDB approved US$18 million for the US$36.8 million project, according to BNamericas Francisco Morazán is on the Comayagua River in Cortés department, about 230 km from the capital...