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Hardtalk on the Mekong River

Much has been written about the building of hydropower dams in the upper reaches of the Mekong River, especially Lancang River in China, and their role in causing droughts in the Mekong delta region in Vietnam. Many environmental and social activists claim Chinese dams have reduced the water flowing in the delta, seriously harming rice cultivation and allowing saltwater to flow into the delta. Let us object ...

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Uzbekistan’s Huge Hydro Initiative

There has been a lot of talk about hydropower in Central Asia since the start of May, and not just from the usual quarters. Perhaps it's just officials watching the melting snows of spring and envisioning lights coming on in homes and factories across their countries, but hydropower seems to be a hot topic lately. Of course, it's always been a big issue in mountainous Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, where the im ...

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Voith & CTG Enhance Cooperation

Voith and China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) enhance their cooperation in the hydropower business Berlin, Germany: On 1 June 2017, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel together witnessed Mr. Lu Chun (Chairman of China Three Gorges Corporation) and Dr. Hubert Lienhard (President and CEO of Voith Group) signing an agreement in Berlin, Germany, which enhances their further strategic ...

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Lalawinan Hydro Project Begins

The tandem of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and Repower Energy Development Corp. has started constructing a three-megawatt (MW) hydropower plant in Lalawinan, Quezon. Pure Meridian Hydropower Corp. (PMHC), the joint venture firm, will spend P700 million to build the project, which will generate over 200 jobs during construction  –  mostly hired from the local community. Once completed, total annual power ge ...

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China’s Hydro Development Outstripping Demand?

For the past two decades, China has been in the midst of an unprecedented dam-building boom, developing over 300 gigawatts (GW) of hydropower. But coal-fuelled development in many of its cities has left them choking from air pollution and lent urgency to alternatives such as solar, wind, nuclear and hydropower. China has the world’s largest potential hydropower resource and could develop around 540 GW, as p ...

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Hydro growing in Bhutan

Developing Asia is the “single largest contributor to global growth,” according to a new report, and the Kingdom of Bhutan is the fastest growing economy of them all, built on the backbone of a large hydropower sector. But rather than measuring development by gross domestic product (GDP), Bhutan prefers to assess its “gross national happiness.” According to the report, published this month by the Manila-bas ...

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Tidal project with Atlantis in Indonesia

Atlantis Resources has signed a preferred supplier agreement for its up to 150MW tidal project in Indonesia co-developed with SBS. The Edinburgh outfit will also supply engineering services and equipment for the scheme in Lombok. Front end engineering and design (FEED) and environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a 12MW first phase is expected to kick off by the end of the year. The project will be support ...

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Will Hydro threaten Peace in Myanmar?

Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration's move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves that are made today will send political and economic ripples into the future, and the international community must act responsibly. China wants to finance a 3,600-megawatt hydropower dam called Myitsone -- one o ...

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Hydro Investments in Davao Region Grow

Investments in Davao Region reached P7.684 billion as of third quarter of 2016, records from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 showed. The third quarter investments in 2016 already surpassed by 38.7 percent the entire 2015 record of P4.708 billion. DTI 11 reported that of these investments, Davao City bagged 33 percent, Davao del Sur 29 percent, Davao del Norte 27 percent, Compostella Valley 7 p ...

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Virtuaal Infra Power in Hydro Win

New Delhi: Virtuaal Infra Power Pvt Ltd on Wednesday announced that it has entered in to an understanding with Singapore-based Infra Co Asia Development Pte Ltd to raise 5 million (Rs 34 crore approx) for funding two hydro power projects in Arunachal Pradesh. "The two compulsory convertible debenture (CCD) facilities of up to $1.8 million and $3.2 million will support Virtuaal in the development of two run- ...

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