Hydropower, Solar

Small Hydro

Issue 5 and Volume 18.

New bid to build Turkey’s 8 MW Dagdelen

Turkish hydropower developer EnerjiSA Enerji Uretim A.S. is moving forward with plans to build and equip the 8 MW Dagdelen weir and hydroelectric project on Turkey’s Ceyhan River.

EnerjiSA, a joint venture of Turkish conglomerate Sabanci Holding and Austrian utility Verbund, originally called for bids in 2009 to build the Dagdelen project in the country’s Kahramanmaras Province.

In 2008 the European Investment Bank agreed to lend €135 million (US$213 million) to EnerjiSA to support construction of eight hydroelectric projects in southeastern Turkey, including Dagdelen. EnerjiSA also signed an €865 million ($1.3 billion) credit agreement with the World Bank’s International Finance Corp., Turkish commercial bank Akbank, and European commercial bank WestLB.

In July 2010, EnergiSA announced it was seeking hydromechanical equipment supply and construction work for Dagdelen weir and hydro project. The project includes a concrete weir, inlet structure, powerhouse, fish passage, and other structures.

The work is expected to require 29 months to complete.

Plans advance to develop Lugoda and Maluluma

Tanzania’s Rufiji Basin Water Office’s (RBWO) development plans for Lugoda Dam and 600 kW Maluluma are moving forward. The next step in the project includes preparing a feasibility study and detailed design, as well as an environmental and social assessment.

Under Tanzania’s water sector development program, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation previously recruited consultants to prepare a feasibility study and detailed design for Farkwa Dam and to prepare integrated water resources management and development plans for the Pangani River, Lake Nyasa, Ruvuma River and Southern Coast, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Rukwa basins.

The feasibility study and detailed design are to be performed for Lugoda Dam and/or Ngalenge Dam, as well as the Maluluma project. This project would utilize flows from the Lugoda Dam on the Ndembera River.

The environmental and social assessment is to be prepared for the Lugoda and Ngalenge dams and the Maluluma project.

Equipment deal signed for South Korea plants

Mavel, a.s. will provide hydraulic design, turbines, and related technology for five small hydro plants in South Korea, the company has announced. It is providing 11 turbines that will have a total installed capacity of about 16.3 MW.

The order relates to South Korea’s Four Rivers Project, a program to provide for the regulation of four major rivers and the construction of 16 hydroelectric plants. Mavel’s contracts are for the Yipo, Gangjeong, Hapcheon, Nakdan, and Seungcheon plants. The projects are owned by K-Water.

For all projects, the scope of work includes turbines, hydraulic units, and gearboxes. Commissioning of the projects is expected during the second half of 2011, the company reports.

China Hydroelectric acquires Yunnan Province projects

Three small hydroelectric projects totaling 55.5 MW of capacity have been acquired by China Hydroelectric Corp. in Yunnan Province of the People’s Republic of China.

The purchase price for the projects, collectively called Minrui, was US$59.3 million, paid with $17.1 million in cash and the balance in the form of a seller note, all or a portion of which may be refinanced with non-recourse bank debt from local Chinese banks. The company had initially announced the execution of the definitive agreement for this acquisition in May 2010.

This purchase includes the 12.6 MW Aluhe, 18.9 MW Latudi and 24 MW Zilenghe projects.

China Hydroelectric Corp. says it continues to work toward completion of the previously announced acquisition of the 44 MW Xiaopengzu project, also in Yunnan Province. In addition, the company is in the process of finalizing the acquisition of the Taiyu projects for which the company has entered into a memorandum of understanding.

Investigations to be performed for Suriname’s Grankiri

The Ministry of Natural Resources in Suriname is seeking consultants to perform a pre-feasibility study and social and environmental investigation of the 15 MW Grankiri project in Suriname.

With a US$400,000 technical cooperation grant from the Inter-American Development Bank, the ministry plans to recruit consultants to support a renewable energy and bio-energy project. The program is to ensure sustainable development of Suriname’s hinterlands, providing alternatives to fossil fuels.

As part of the program, the ministry is seeking consultants to perform a pre-feasibility study of the hydro project, called the Grankiri initiative. It also seeks a preliminary social and environmental investigation of the project.

Verbund making room on the Inn for Gars

Hydropower operator Verbund Innkraftwerke GmbH is looking for a company to build the 5 MW Gars hydroelectric project on Germany’s Inn River.

A subsidiary of utility Verbund of Austria, Verbund Innskraftwerke operates 13 hydro plants on the Inn that were acquired by Verbund in 2009 from E.ON Wasserkraft GmbH.

Construction of Gars is to include 2,500 m2 of sheet piling, 40,000 m3 of excavation, 9,500 m3 of reinforced concrete, 800 tons of reinforcing steel, building services, and fire protection.

The work is expected to require about 22 months.

Specialists to support South Africa’s small hydro

The government of South Africa plans to hire consultants to serve as technical assistance specialists to the country’s Renewable Energy Market Transformation (REMT) matching grant program, which includes small hydropower.

The World Bank’s Global Environment Facility awarded US$6 million in financing to REMT, which was created to support South Africa’s 2003 White Paper on Renewable Energy. This white paper set a target of 4% of demand met by 2013 from renewables, including biomass, wind, solar, and small-scale hydropower sources.

In 2009, South Africa’s energy regulator approved renewable energy feed-in tariffs intended to set guaranteed prices that national utility Eskom must pay for electricity generated by small hydroelectric, wind, solar, and landfill gas projects.

The government plans to develop a list of specialists to provide technical assistance to help advance renewable energy generation and solar water heating projects to a bankable stage. Private companies or public entities engaged in developing such projects are eligible to apply for grant funding from REMT.

Specialists are being recruited for market, business, or pre-investment project development and improvement activities.

In addition, the REMT program plans to recruit consultants for other services, including: development, hosting, and maintenance of a website; facilitation and presentation of a project development workshop for renewable energy; national marketing and communication strategy for solar water heating; and solar water heating training and capacity building.

Bulgarian monastery to implement 836 kW Rila

Rila Holy Cloister in Bulgaria is seeking consultants to implement construction of an 836 kW hydropower project on the Iliina River at Rila.

The monastery plans to use money from a €2.48 million (US$3.14 million) grant from a fund to decommission the 2,000 MW Kozloduy nuclear plant that is administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The €2.9 million ($3.6 million) Rila project involves building a small hydro plant on the Iliina River and providing reliable energy supply and energy efficiency improvements at Rila Holy Cloister and the area.

The consultants will assist in:

– Technical and procurement preparations for construction;
– Technical specification of the investment;
– Tendering, evaluation, and contract award; and,
– Management of technical, financial, and environmental issues.

This work is to require three years at a maximum budget of €100,000 ($126,710).

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