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Vietnam Hydro Projects Splutter to a Halt

As many as 338 hydro-power projects, which theoretically could generate a combined capacity of over 1,000MW of electricity, would be put off. The decision has been jointly made by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and provincial authorities across the country. They also agreed to have another 169 potential projects dropped from consideration. These moves follow a series of recent inspection carried out by ...

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Malaysia Planning to Upgrade Largest Hydropower Plant

Malaysia’s national power utility company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, plans to upgrade its largest hydropower plant the Sultan Mahmud located in Kenyir, Kuala Berang. T.N.B. has met with the power plant’s original equipment manufacturer partners from Japan, specifically Ebara and Hitachi, for the inspection of Sultan Mahmud’s turbine and transformer units and for the upgrade. T.N.B. will be assessing the overa ...

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Origin Energy Buys Power Station from New South Wales Government

Origin Energy Ltd. has acquired a power generator from the New South Wales state government for 659 million Australian dollars (US$603 million). Origin, which is Australia's biggest electricity retailer, said it only had to give the government A$50 million cash to buy Eraring Energy. The sum was so low because it had previously paid the government A$609 million back in 2010 to acquire all the generator's po ...

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Siemens Appoints New Wind Chief

Siemens has appointed Markus Tacke as chief executive of its Energy Sector’s Wind Power Division. He will take up the role on 1 August and succeeds Felix Ferlemann, who is leaving the company “by mutual agreement to pursue new career challenges”. Tacke is currently chief executive of the Energy Sector’s Industrial Power Business Unit, which is responsible for the German giant’s industrial power generation b ...

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Siemens Will Cut 1,700 Jobs During Energy Restructure

Siemens is expected to cut around 1,700 jobs in the restructuring of its energy business. WirtschaftsWoche said the unit's main production facilities in Erlangen and Offenbach and a plant in Muelheim an der Ruhr would be affected by the cost-cutting drive. Around 140 jobs at Muelheim, where Siemens makes steam turbines, will be cut, the magazine said, citing labor representative sources. Siemens' energy bus ...

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Ming Yang Completes First 6.5MW SCD Prototype WTG

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited, a leading wind turbine manufacturer in China, today announced that its first 6.5MW prototype super compact drive ("SCD") wind turbine generator ("WTG") has been successfully completed in June 2013, and installation and testing are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2013. The 6.5MW SCD prototype utilizes Ming Yang's advanced two-bladed SCD technology. It is ...

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Sinovel Indicted for Stealing Trade Secrets

The US government yesterday charged Chinese wind-turbine company, Sinovel Wind Group Co and three people of stealing trade secrets from US supplier AMSC. In a grand jury indictment, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) charged Sinovel, its deputy director of R&D Su Liying, technology manager Zhao Haichun, and a former employee of AMSC's Austrian subsidiary, Dejan Karabasevic, of stealing proprietary softw ...

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Hyderabad Government to Install Water Meters for Bulk Consumers

The government has given the green signal to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) to install clear water meters with automatic meter reading (AMR) and GSM technology for 1,318 bulk consumers. The government on Saturday issued a GO to HMWSSB managing director to take up the implementation of the Rs 12.58 crore-project to install clear water meters to bulk consumers. Chetas Cont ...

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ReneSola Restarts Sichuan Polysilicon Plant After Upgrades

Solar-products maker ReneSola Ltd. said it restarted production at its Sichuan polysilicon plant Monday, following upgrades to the plant's furnaces and hydrochlorination technology intended to help lower production costs. The Chinese company had halted polysilicon production in November to complete the upgrades, which included new proprietary reduction furnaces and improved proprietary hydrochlorination tec ...

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Mecca to Boost Desalinated Water Production

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corp. plans to increase production of drinking water in the Islamic holy city of Mecca by 29 percent to a record 670,000 cubic meters a day, al-Madina reported, citing Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim, the company’s governor. The state-run company said earlier this month that the city of Jeddah, the kingdom’s second-biggest city, is being supplied with 1.2 million cubic meters a ...

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