Contract awarded to modernize 10 small hydropower projects in Slovakia

Slovensky Vodohospodarsky Podnik, Slovakia’s water management agency, has awarded a €9.9 million (US$11 million) contract to Palestra a.s. of Slovakia to reconstruct and modernize 10 small hydropower projects in the country.

The object of this work is to reconstruct and modernize small hydropower plants in order to obtain aid under Slovakia’s law to promote renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration.

The scope of the contract includes hydroelectric plant construction work, engineering design services, consultative engineering and construction services, turbine works and hydraulic turbines.

The facilities included in this work are MVE Dedinka, MVE Velke Blahovo, MVE Male Palenisko, MVE Nitrianske Rudno, MVE Klenovec 2, MVE Malinec 1, MVE Malinec 2, MVE Malinec 3, MVE Zvolen and MVE Starina.

The work is expected to require 24 months.

In other recent news in the country, the government of Slovakia is seeking nearly US$350 million in compensation from Enel SpA after a court ruled its contract to operate the 720-MW Babcikovo hydropower plant is invalid.

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