Project Activity

Corps awards contract for turbine modernization at McNary Dam hydro project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District announced it has awarded a US$321.3 million contract to Alstom Renewable US LLC to design, manufacture and install 14 turbines at the 980-MW McNary Dam hydroelectric project, located on Columbia River near Umatilla, Ore.

World Bank new US$250 million guarantee for renewables in Argentina includes small hydro

The World Bank has approved a new US$250 million guarantee to facilitate private investment in projects falling under the Argentine Ministry of Energy and Mining’s (MEM) RenovAr Program.

Project Spotlight: 140-MW Tanahu hydropower facility

Tanahu Hydro Ltd. (THL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), is developing the 140-MW Tanahu hydro project, which is estimated to cost about US$550 million.

Iceland utility’s green bond issue will help finance 100-MW Burfell II hydro project

Landsvirkjun, Iceland’s state-owned utility, has issued a green bond for a total amount of US$200 million in relation to the 90-MW Theistareykir geothermal station in Northeastern Iceland and the 100-MW Burfell II hydroelectric project on Thjorsa River in southern Iceland.

Dominion Energy studying site for pumped hydro facility in Virginia

Dominion Energy has received approval from the Tazewell County Planning Commission to conduct bore drillings on a 4,100-acre site in Tazewell County, Va., U.S., as part of a study for a proposed US$2 billion pumped hydro storage plant.

Wave Energy Scotland awards US$3.5 million for WEC development

Wave Energy Scotland (WES), a subsidiary of Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE), has awarded about US$3.5 million to a magnetic gear project being led by Aberdeenshire, Scotland-based Ecosse Subsea Systems (Ecosse).

Modernization work completed at 424-MW Mingachevir hydro station in Azerbaijan

Major modernization and rehabilitation work begun in 2010 is complete at the 424-MW Mingachevir hydroelectric station located just north of Mingachevir in Azerbaijan.

Project moves forward to raise dam wall at 40-MW Masinga hydro project in Kenya

Kenya Electricity Generating Co. Ltd. (KenGen), despite recent droughts in the country, is moving forward with its efforts to raise the dam wall by 2 m at the 40-MW Masinga hydroelectric project located on Tana River, in Kenya.

Pakistan moves forward developing 409-MW Torcamp-Guddubar hydro project

According to the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it intends to build the 409-MW Torcamp-Guddubar hydropower project, located in Chitral district on the Chitral River in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan.

Wello Oy, CIMC partnering for wave energy testing in China

Wello Oy, based in Finland, has signed a contract with Chinese conglomerate CIMC Offshore Engineering Institute (CIMC OEI) to begin “a joint research phase for defining an optimized Penguin Wave Energy Converter (WEC) design for Chinese waters.”