New Development

Water authority Conagua says it will prioritize six dam projects in 2020 as part of a plan to “transform the Mexican water sector.” This includes construction of two new dams with combined investment of about MXN12 billion (US$530 million), complementary works for three existing or almost finished dams, and the possibility of reviving an older...
New Development

A consortium comprising local and international companies has presented the only offer to build the US$1 billion Portezuelo del Viento hydro project in Argentina’s Mendoza province. According to BNamericas, the consortium includes two Chinese investors: the China Gezhouba Group and state-owned hydropower construction company Sinohydro. They are partnered with two Mendoza-based construction companies, Ceosa and...
Africa

Ongoing negotiations between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia aimed at reaching an agreement on filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam are failing. On Sunday, June 21, Sudan warned against escalation and urged further negotiations over Addis Ababa’s controversial dam on the Nile, as Ethiopia has declared plans to start filling the dam next...
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...