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...
Jobs and People

Utilities that are operating hydroelectric assets worldwide know their facilities are critical infrastructure as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. And the personnel who keep these facilities operational are equally critical. As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports, the “critical infrastructure workforce” includes: “Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the...
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...
Controls and Automation

During the COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, pandemic, we have heard daily the importance of good hygiene. Maintain physical distance, avoid unnecessary crowds, and above all else wash your hands. These acts of proper hygiene are meant to keep us safe as the virus continues to take its somewhat unpredictable course. Likewise, another important action we...
Business

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation has temporarily suspended public visitation to Hoover Dam because of an inability to implement “social distancing” standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Reclamation says Hoover Dam and the associated 2,078-MW hydro powerhouse, including the visitor center...
Dam Safety

Owners of reservoirs in the UK will be expected to apply the lessons learned from the Toddbrook Reservoir incident, after the government accepted a series of recommendations made in a report by the government’s reviewer of reservoir safety, Professor David Balmforth. According to a report on the website of the Department for Environment, Food &...
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...