Briefly Noted … Hydro Energy

Worldwide Renewable Energy News

– TXU Corp. will purchase 350 GWh of electricity from small hydro plants owned by Finland’s Kemijoki Oy. The one-year purchase will account for 8 percent of Kemijoki’s output. Kemijoki is owned by six municipalities in northern Finland. – Construction of Peru’s second-largest hydroelectric plant, with 270 MW capacity, will start next year and should be complete by 2005. The US$340 million El Platanal project is financed 40 percent by cement producer Cementos Lima , Cemento Andina and Tecnologia Industrial S.A. The balance of the project will be financed by foreign banks. El Patanal, to be built south of Lima on the Canete river, will provide irrigation for 27,000 hectares. – The Taliban government in Afghanistan says U.S. warplanes have bombed the largest hydroelectric power station in the country, cutting electricity completely to two major cities. Education minister Amir Khan Muttaqi says the Kajaki dam was severely damaged and, although water is not yet gushing out, warns that further bombing will destroy the dam and cause widespread flooding, risking the lives of thousands of people.

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