MWH named to manage China’s 3,600-mw Jinping 1

Ertan Hydropower Development Co. Ltd. (EHDC) named U.S-based engineering firm MWH to provide engineering and construction management services for EHDC’s 3,600-mw Jinping 1 hydroelectric project, to be built on China’s Yalong River.

MWH said it anticipates earning US$5 million over five years from its work on the 24.6 billion renminbi (US$3.3 billion) project.

Jinping 1 is to include a 305-meter-tall double-curvature, thin arch dam, providing significant flood control in addition to hydropower generation.

MWH is to be involved in construction quality control for concrete construction. It is to provide project and executive management training, as well as a full-time, on-site concrete expert to assist with planning, execution, quality assurance, and quality control of the concrete dam.

“EHDC and MWH have worked together since the early 1980s and have developed a strong, mutually beneficial relationship,” EHDC General Manager Chen Yunhua said.

MWH provided dam design optimization and geological assessment services to EHDC for Jinping 1 in 2002 in Sichuan Province of southwest China.


IHA honors former Turkish president

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) presented an Outstanding Achievement Award to former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, a former head of Turkey’s General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSi) and supervisor of the construction of many of Turkey’s dams, power plants, and irrigation facilities.

Demirel, an engineer trained in Turkey and the United States, presented the keynote address at IHA’s World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower, in May at Antalya, Turkey.

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Alstom to equip Brazil’s 855-mw Foz do Chapeco

French equipment manufacturer Alstom received a contract worth 526 million reais (US$280 million) to equip the 855-mw Foz do Chapeco hydroelectric project on Brazil’s Uruguai River.

Foz do Chapeco is to be built on the border of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states by a construction consortium of Camargo Correa, Alstom Brasil, and CNEC Energia. Construction began in December.

Alstom’s scope of work includes four vertical Francis turbines and synchronous generators and additional electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment. All the equipment is
to be manufactured at Alstom’s manufacturing plant in Taubate, Brazil.

The equipment is to be delivered in 48 months, with the first generating unit going on line in August 2010 and the last in February 2011.

The project developer
is Foz do Chapeco Energia S/A, a special purpose company owned 51 percent by CPFL Energia, plus federal utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas, and Rio Grande do Sul State utility Companhia Estadual de Energia Eletrica.

In July, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimiento Economica e Social approved 1.6 billion reais (US$860 million) for construction of the 2.2 billion reais (US$1.18 billion) project.



Georgia’s Ministry of Energy named BRL Ingenierie/ARS Progetti of France to perform “safeguard” studies of the 640-mw Khudoni hydroelectric project on Georgia’s Enguri River. The US$348,798 contract includes environmental, social, and cultural impact analyses. JV Colenco and Stucky of Switzerland previously received a US$2.81 million contract to perform a feasibility study.

Vattenfall Power Consultant of Sweden won a contract for detailed engineering of civil works for AES Corp.’s 223-mw Changuinola 1 hydroelectric project on Panama’s Changuinola River. Project works will be undertaken by a consortium of Danish companies E. Pihl & Son and MT Hojgaard, and Alstom of Brazil.

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) named an international consortium to perform a feasibility study and design work for the 5,458-mw Bunji hydroelectric project on the Indus River. Mott MacDonald of the United Kingdom and partners Sogreah of France, Nippon Koei of Japan, and MM Pakistan and DMC of Pakistan are to identify the optimum scheme within economic and environmental constraints for the estimated US$3 billion project. A pre-feasibility study proposes a 180-meter-tall concrete dam, four 6,500-meter-long headrace tunnels, and 12 450-mw turbine-generators.


OM Metals to equip 520-mw Parbati 3, 231-mw Chamera 3

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) awarded contracts to OM Metals Infraprojects of India to supply hydro-mechanical equipment for the 520-mw Parbati 3 and 231-mw Chamera 3 hydroelectric projects in India.

NHPC awarded a 960 million rupee (US$23.8 million) contract to OM Metals to equip Parbati 3, being built on the Sainj River in Himachal Pradesh State. Work includes gates, stoplogs, trashrack, pressure shaft liners, hoists, cranes, automatic reservoir monitoring and control, and a diesel generator.

Earlier this year, NHPC awarded a 4.02 billion rupee (US$87 million) contract to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. to supply turbine-generators and other electro-mechanical equipment for Parbati 3.

NHPC awarded a 660 million rupee (US$16.3 million) contract to OM Metals to equip Chamera 3, being built on the Ravi River in Himachal Pradesh. Work includes gates, pressure shaft liners, trashrack, hoists, stoplogs, cranes, remote control system for gates and reservoir, and a diesel generator. The orders for design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of the hydro-mechanical works of both projects are expected to be executed over three years.


Five hydro organizations endorse HydroVision 2008

Five leading organizations endorsed the HydroVision 2008 Conference and Exhibition and agreed to serve as official sponsors of the event, planned for July 14-18, 2008, in Sacramento, Calif.

The organizations are the: International Hydropower Association, International Commission on Large Dams, US Hydropower Council for International Development, National Hydropower Association in the United States, and Canadian Hydropower Association.

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Additional sponsors are HRW, the world’s most widely read hydro magazine, and Hydro Review, the only magazine dedicated exclusively to the North American hydroelectric industry. Both magazines are published by HCI Publications, which owns and organizes the HydroVision conference series.

The HydroVision conference offers a forum for hydro professionals to explore new ideas, refine strategies, and overcome obstacles. Educational opportunities include panel discussions, technical paper presentations, and poster gallery sessions.

Conference information is on the Internet at www. hcipub.com; click on the HydroVision link.


Interros to sell its third of Russia’s Power Machines

Russian industrial group Interros announced it intends to sell its 30.4 percent stake in Russia’s largest turbine maker and hydropower equipment supplier, Power Machines.

Interros, which is controlled by metals billionaires Vladimir Potanin and Mikhail Prokhorov, sold 25 percent plus one share of the company in 2005 to Russia’s giant electric utility, Unified Energy Systems (UES). Germany’s Siemens AG also owns a 25 percent plus one share stake, with the remainder held by minority investors. UES manages and holds voting rights for the Interros stake.

In accordance with earlier agreements, UES and Siemens have the right of preferential purchase of the Interros shares. If neither exercises that right, Interros said it would sell its Power Machines stake to a third party.

“We are satisfied with our almost ten years’ long operation,” Interros Deputy Director General Serguey Batekhin said. “During this time, Interros managed to unite the leading power machine building enterprises into a powerful consortium, to transform it into a ‘blue chip,’ and to attract major Russian and foreign strategic investors.”

UES Chief Executive Anatoly Chubais said in 2006 he would recommend to the UES board in 2008 the sale of its blocking stake in Power Machines.

Siemens had bid to take over Power Machines outright but its bid was thrown out in 2005 by Russia’s anti-monopoly body because of national security concerns, as Power Machines produces military equipment.


U.K. company to build Cameroon’s Memvele

Sud Energie, controlled by emerging markets generator Globeleq of the United Kingdom, has signed a deal to build the 200-mw Memvele hydropower project in Cameroon.

Memvele, also spelled Memve’ele, is one of a series of projects planned to raise Cameroon’s capacity to about 2,000 mw by 2015, from barely 900 mw now, to meet demand rising by about 8 percent a year.

“You know that we are facing serious energy problems every day. It, on a daily basis, affects our industries, our enterprises, and household use,” Finance Minister Polycarpe Abah Abah said following an August 8 signing ceremony. “That is why I think the signing of this convention is a giant step in resolving this energy crisis that very negatively impacts our economic growth.”

The project includes a dam on the Ntem River in Cameroon’s South Province, a road to the site, a power plant, and transmission lines.

Guillaume Rivron, business development manager for Globeleq, said work should start in 2008, with the plant to begin generating electricity by 2013.

“It will be realized through the build, operate, and transfer principle, with a concession of 20 years, after which we will transfer management to the government,” he said.

A study by the Cameroon government in 2005 estimated the project could cost about 142.3 billion Central French Africa francs (US$296 million).

Officials said Canadian aluminum producer Alcan would buy 50 mw of Memvele’s output.



Gabon’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals awarded a US$400 million contract to SinoHydro of China to build the 160-mw Poubara 2 hydroelectric project. To be built on Gabon’s largest river, 1,200-kilometer Ogooue, Poubara 2 is to include a dam, tunnel, surge shaft, power station, switchyard, and transmission line.

BITEXCO, a private investor-developer, awarded a US$20.5 million contract to Cavico Mining for construction of an access road and 1.6-kilometer tunnel for the 108-mw Nho Que 3 hydroelectric project on Vietnam’s Nho Que River. Cavico received a second contract, from Central Hydropower Joint Stock Co., for the 170-mw ALuoi hydroelectric project in A Luoi District of Vietnam’s Thua Thien Hue Province. That contract is for a headrace tunnel and surge tank, 7 miles long and 13 to 19 feet wide.

Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG awarded a contract to VA Tech Hydro GmbH to refurbish generator equipment for two units of the 80-mw Rosegg hydroelectric project on Austria’s Drau River. The firm is to provide generator controls, excitation, and protection equipment.

Vattenfall AB Vattenkraft awarded a contract for replacement of hydraulic equipment for intake gates of the 114-mw Langbjorn hydroelectric plant on Sweden’s Angermanalven River. ElektroSandberg AB of Sweden was chosen to refurbish intake gates and gate operating equipment for turbine-generator Units G1 and G2 to be carried out though December 2007.


South Africa firm completes tunnel for 1,332-mw Ingula

Murray & Roberts, a South Africa construction and engineering group, completed construction of the 1,050-meter exploration tunnel of the 1,332-mw Ingula pumped-storage project in South Africa.

Murray & Roberts Cementation excavated the tunnel in conjunction with Concor Holdings, which was acquired by Murray & Roberts Group in October 2006. The tunnel, which was completed in 24 months, will carry all high-tension cables from the powerhouse complex and is fitted with instrumentation to verify geotechnical information.

South African utility Eskom Holdings Ltd. is developing Ingula, formerly called Braamhoek, in the Little Drakensberg Mountains near Ladysmith, on the border between Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Completion is scheduled for 2012.

The project is to feature two dams, one atop
the Drakensberg escarpment and the other at the bottom, with water tunnels and underground powerhouse.

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ICOLD elects vice presidents

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) announces the election of two new vice presidents. They are Drs. Maria E. Bartsch of Sweden and Norihisa Matsumoto of Japan. Each will serve for three years.

Bartsch is a civil engineer in the dam safety department of Vattenfall Power Consultant AB, an independent consulting company in the energy and power sector, located in Sweden. In this role, she is responsible for risk and portfolio analyses of dams, dam safety evaluation and design reviews, dam rehabilitation and upgrading studies, and development of guidelines and dam safety courses. Bartsch also serves as secretary of SwedCOLD, the Swedish committee of ICOLD.

Matsumoto is an adviser with the Japan Dam Engineering Center (JDEC) in Tokyo. JDEC assists in six areas of dam engineering: research, technical development, technical support and cooperation, training engineers, publication, and international cooperation and support. Matsumoto also serves as executive director of the Japan Commission on Large Dams.

Bartsch and Matsumoto join four other ICOLD vice presidents:

  • Edilberto Maurer, vice president of Maurer Engenharia Limited, Brazil;
  • Adama Nombre, director of IFEC Engineering and chairman of the Burkina Faso Committee on Dams, Burkina Faso;
  • Bernard Tardieu, president/ general director of Coyne et Bellier, France; and
  • Arthur H. Walz, Jr., P.E., senior water resources professional engineer with Gannett Fleming Inc., United States.
  • Luis Berga, professor of civil engineering at ETS Ingenieros de Caminos, Spain, is ICOLD president.


Chile’s 155-mw La Higuera to sell carbon credits in Europe

Developers of the 155-mw La Higuera hydroelectric project announced they registered the project with VROM, the Dutch designated national authority, clearing the way for sale of certified emission reductions credits in the European Union (EU).

The announcement by La Higuera partners Pacific Hydro Ltd. of Australia and Statkraft Norfund Power Invest of Norway, follows last year’s registration of the project with the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board. That allows sale of certified carbon emission reduction credits when La Higuera goes on line in 2008. La Higuera is expected to displace carbon emissions of 470,000 tons per year.

The developers said La Higuera is the largest hydro project to receive registration through both CDM and an EU member country. In June, India’s 192-mw Allain Duhangan became the largest hydro project to receive CDM approval alone.


Vietnam inaugurates Ea Krong Rou

Developers inaugurated the 28-mw Ea Krong Rou hydroelectric project in August in Ninh Hoa District of Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa Province.

Ea Krong Rou was connected to the national grid earlier in the year, Vietnam News Agency said. Central Electricity Investment and Development Joint Stock Co. financed the 482 billion dong (US$30 million) project on a build-own-operate basis.

The two-unit project is expected to generate 120 gigawatt-hours per year.


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