New Development

Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC – a joint venture between Tata Power, Clean Energy Invest (CEI), and the International Financial Corporation (IFC) — today announced the start of commercial operation of the 178-MW Shuakhevi Hydro Power Project in southwest Georgia. Further, Adjaristsqali Georgia said it will soon be commissioning  the 9-MW Skhalta Hydro Power project, which is...
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...
HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram Qualifying members of the hydroelectric power sector are again eligible to take part in the Power Producer Training Program, giving them discounted access to HYDROVISION International 2020. The program is open to all those who work for eligible power producers, including: Utilities Independent power producers Municipalities Government agencies Crown corporations Rural and municipal...
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

Inland Energy has submitted a request to Peruvian environmental authorities to modify the detailed environmental impact statement for the 228-MW Lluclla and 156-MW Lluta hydro projects and associated 500-kV transmission link. The proposed change entails using a 220-kV transmission line to transport electricity from the plants to the national grid, according to the environmental certification...
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...
New Development

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) reported that a three-person tribunal has been established for a dispute involving the US$52 million, 20-MW Mamacocha hydro project in Peru. According to BNamericas, in September, ICSID registered a claim filed by U.S. company Latam Hydro and its Peruvian subsidiary CH Mamacocha against Peru’s government over...
New Development

By Vakhtang Ghonghadze Few power plants in the world are championed for their visual aesthetics. Fewer still can claim the title of cultural heritage site. Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in the U.S. and London’s Battersea Power Station are perhaps two exceptions proving the rule that power plants are there to be used, not...
Asia and Oceania

The coronavirus outbreak is having significant negative effects on hydropower project development in many Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Indonesia. Projects are coming to a halt, and many could be facing delayed completion dates as a result. According to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, in Myanmar, projects such as the construction of a...