South Africa utility Eskom Holdings Ltd. renamed four power projects March 20, including the 1,333-MW Braamhoek pumped-storage project, indicating the plants have progressed sufficiently and received required authorizations.
The 1,060-mw Goldisthal pumped-storage plant features two variable-speed (asynchronous) motor-generators – the first-ever application of this type of equipment in a large hydroelectric project in Europe.
Schluchseewerk AG of Germany has awarded a contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to refurbish a 300-MVa motor-generator at the 1,270-MW Hotzenwald pumped-storage complex on the Rhine River.
Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts are studying the feasibility of building a 440-MW or 880-MW Don Pedro pumped-storage project at Don Pedro Reservoir, south of Sonora in Tuolumne County, Calif.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to consider competing applications from developers who want to study the feasibility of building and operating a Sworinger Reservoir pumped-storage project in California.
Korean officials dedicated the 1,000-MW Yangyang pumped-storage plant September 12 at Yangyang in Gangwon Province.
Shell WindEnergy Inc. is considering including hydropower from pumped storage as a component in its first wind farm in Hawaii.
Schluchseewerk AG of Germany has awarded a 2.6 million euro (US$3 million) contract to VA Tech Hydro to refurbish a 118-MVa motor-generator at the 1,350-MW Hotzenwald/Unterstufe Sackingen pumped-storage project on the Rhine River.