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Beijing Boosts its Position as a “Himalayan Hegemon” Through Hydropower

Introduction China’s building of ambitious hydropower and water diversion projects, and increasing focus on the Himalayan ecosystem as a critical developmental resource, has increased tensions with its regional neighbors, particularly India. The Chinese state contractor PowerChina in November 2020 announced plans for a 60-gigawatt dam on the Yarlung Tsangpo (雅鲁藏布, yalu zangbu) (Global Times, November 29, 20 ...

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Scotra awarded FPV construction project for Taiwan Wushantou Hydroelectric dam

SCOTRA CO., LTD. (CEO Lee, jong mok), a specialized company in FPV (Floating PV) system, was awarded an order on May 31 for a large-scale FPV system project that will be constructed in Wushantou hydroelectric power dam (Operated by Taiwan Power Corp.) in Tainan city, Taiwan. This project is Taiwan’s largest FPV system construction project in hydroelectric dam by Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic ...

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Japan’s hidden hydropower country taps water for carbon neutrality

Japan's effort to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has grassroots corporate support in a region where developers are unlocking potential for water and wind power. Starting last month, the Toyama-based regional lender Hokuriku Bank has been using only electricity generated by local hydropower for its data center in central Toyama Prefecture, about 260 km northwest of Tokyo. The bank became t ...

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Voith Hydro and HYDROGRID successfully complete pilot phase of cooperation

Milestone in delivering the benefits of digitalization to the hydropower industry.Unique two-dimensional approach of combining asset health status information with optimal operational planning and dispatch.Strong demand for new digital product offering validated in selected European markets with global rollout to follow. HEIDENHEIM, GERMANY. Voith Hydro has taken the next step in delivering the benefit ...

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ADB to Close doors not just on coal

A multilateral agency’s plan to stop financing new coal power plants will be meaningless if not matched with a strong push fo renewable energy (RE) sources, environmentalists said. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) and the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) fear without clear RE plans, other forms of fossil fuels will be pushed instead. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) i ...

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Andritz Hydro – HPP Upper Tamakoshi, Nepal – Successful pressure test of penstock

In February 2021, the pressure test of the lower horizontal penstock for the Upper Tamakoshi hydropower plant in Nepal was successfully completed to the utmost satisfaction of the customer. A penstock portion of 377 m length along with six bifurcators and branch pipes was subjected to 115.1 bar for 30 minutes with water volume of 1.4 million cubic meters. The complete test was conducted over a period of 10 ...

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Financing the world’s energy transition: The full picture in 5 charts

Countries, companies, and banks are pledging their commitment to a rapid energy transition by 2050, dependent on a full-scale shift in what energy the world relies on. But how is the energy transition actually getting financed?  A new report from the University of Oxford paints a mixed picture; while coal is feeling the pinch, and many renewable energy sectors are growing rapidly, oil and gas financing has ...

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TBM Ready for Work at Webuild’s Hydropower Project in Australia

Webuild and its partners in the Future Generation joint-venture celebrated with Snowy Hydro Ltd. the commissioning of the first of three technologically advanced tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) assigned to Snowy 2.0, a major milestone. As the largest renewable energy project in Australia, Snowy 2.0 will expand Snowy Hydro’s network of hydro power stations to support the country’s transition to a low-carb ...

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Aurecon appoints internationally recognised hydropower and dams expert Bill Hakin

International engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has appointed hydropower and dams expert Bill Hakin who has a track record of successfully delivering water and power infrastructure and security projects for communities around the world.  Aurecon’s Managing Director Energy, Resources & Water Paul Gleeson said that Mr Hakin’s experience in the delivery of large and complex hydropower, ...

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REC, PFC sign pact to finance 600-megawatt hydropower project in Bhutan

KHEL is the first JV being undertaken between the two governments for implementation of the 4x150 MW Kholongchhu hydroelectric project State-owned entities REC Ltd and Power Finance Corporation (PFC) have entered into a pact with Bhutan-based Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Ltd (KHEL) to finance a 600-megawatt hydroelectric project at Trashiyangtse in the neighbouring country. KHEL is a 50:50 joint venture between ...

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