Business

PhosAgro will use 100 MW of hydroelectric power supplied by TGC-1 PJSC to power its Apatit mining and beneficiation plant, which produces agrochemical products. This new contracted supply means that more than 60% of the beneficiation plant’s output will be produced using “green” electricity, according to a press release TGC-1 said the electricity will be...
Small Hydro

Downing LLP announced it has exchanged contracts to acquire a portfolio of five operational hydropower plants (HPPs) in South Norway on behalf of Downing Estate Planning Service (DEPS). The portfolio is being acquired from Fossberg Kraft AS/Fossberg Kraft Produksjon AS, which will become Downing’s partner for development of new power plants and operations and maintenance...
Environmental

A new initiative has been launched in the Western Balkans to support authorities, investors and developers to implement international good practices in hydropower development, according to the International Hydropower Association (IHA). Across Europe’s Western Balkans region, demand is growing for the reliable, pollution-free renewable energy that hydropower can provide. Yet local communities can be divided...
Jobs and People

One of the world’s leading experts on sustainable development, Dr Ashok Khosla, has been appointed as independent chair of the global council that governs sustainability guidance for hydropower. Dr Khosla will take up his new role on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council from 1 February 2021. One of his first tasks will be to introduce...
Finance

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc (DORE) has exchanged contracts to acquire its first investment, a portfolio of eight operational hydropower plants in central and southern Sweden. The portfolio is being acquired from Fortum Sweden AB for a price of €64.5 million (US$79.3 million) on a debt- and cash-free basis, and the transaction is expected...
Business

Norsk Hydro and Lyse announce they have completed a planned merger of power production assets in the southwest region of Norway through the establishment of Lyse Kraft DA. In October 2020, the two companies announced a plan to merge part of their respective hydropower production in southern Norway into this joint hydropower company. As part...
Dam Safety

Multiconsult has been selected to assess the safety of the hydrotechnical structures of the Daugava River hydropower projects in Latvia. The Daugava River flows from Russia through Belarus and into the Baltic sea close to Riga. The cascade of the Daugava Hydropower Plants (HPPs) upstream of Riga is formed by three large hydropower plants, 907.6-MW...
Jobs and People

What needs to be done to ensure we get more women working in engineering and associated fields?   With the growth in the engineering sector in the last few years, the requirement of additional workers has led to an increasingly diverse workforce especially with the inclusion of women. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) sector...