New Development

The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has signed a PKR442 billion (US$2.76 billion) agreement with the Power China-FWO joint venture for construction of the Diamer Basha Dam Project diversion system, main dam, access bridge and 21-MW Tangir Hydropower Project. This signing is part of the company’s efforts to move forward with work on...
Pumped Storage Hydro

The 300-MW Mount Gilboa Pumped Storage project in Israel has begun commercial operations, according to a LinkedIn post from G.H. Development. The US$500 million project is located 60 km east of Haifa. It generates 3,000 MWh of electricity annually and took five years to construct. According to Electra, the project was established by a special...
Dam Design and Construction

On April 20, experts with Tractebel will share their knowledge about hydropower and make it available through a massive open on-line course or MOOC. Tractebel says it wants “to make the world of hydropower accessible to those who wish to learn more about it. We are convinced that hydropower can significantly contribute to the energy...
Business

Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy announced it has rescheduled indefinitely its energy and transmission auctions, previously planned for the upcoming months. According to BNamericas, the decree was published in the Official Gazette and is a response to “the international public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Specifically, the government has postponed six events:...
New Development

Norwegian energy company Statkraft has put three construction projects on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The projects on hold are the 100-MW Tidong hydropower project in India, the 52-MW Los Lagos hydropower project in Chile, and the 43-MW Windy Rig wind farm in Scotland. The Tidong hydropower project was acquired by Statkraft in 2018...
Dam Design and Construction

Holter Dam was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame thanks to its long life of performing with high reliability. Successful construction of this dam, on the Missouri River in Montana, required a decade and two different owners. By Jo Dee Black Holter Dam and the associated 48-MW powerhouse — located on the Missouri River...
New Development

Controversy continues to shadow the development of the Grand Inga III project, with the latest arising from a report titled ‘I Need You, I Don’t Need You: South Africa and Inga III,’ which probes South Africa’s commitment to the project. The joint report, issued by the Congo Research Group and consulting firm Phuzumoya Consulting, looks into...
New Development

Malaysia-based Serba Dinamik International Limited (SDIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad (SDHB), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nepal-based Hydro Village Private Limited (HVPL) for development and operation of the 57.3-MW Myagdi Khola hydro project. The project is estimated to cost about US$100 million, and HVPL has executed a...