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Hydropower: pump up the volume

16.04.2018


2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the Hydro Electric Development Act in Scotland, which kick-started major hydro developments across the country. MP Drew Hendry looks at the benefits of the technology. For nearly 130 years Scotland has been the home of hydro-electricity – back when the open fire was the centre of the power world…



Tajikistan’s New Hydroelectric Plant Can Benefit Entire Region

10.04.2018


In the boldest signal of bilateral amity to date, Uzbekistan’s president announced during a seminal visit to Tajikistan on March 9 that he intends to support the major hydropower project that has been a source of tension between the two nations. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev told his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon that Uzbekistan is willing to…



EIB backs renewable investment in Greece, including hydro

06.04.2018


The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €85 million loan that will support the refurbishment of existing small hydropower and wind projects, as well as the construction of new projects across Greece. The funding will back a new investment programme by PPC Renewables across mainland Greece and the Greek Islands and will finance a…



Montenegro’s EPCG signs 1.6 mln euro Komarnica HPP design contract

05.04.2018


PODGORICA (Montenegro), February 2 (SeeNews) – Montenegro’s power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) [MNG:EPCG] said it has signed a 1.6 million euro ($2 million) contract for the design of Komarnica hydro power plant (HPP). The contract was signed with a consortium of Montenegro’s Institut za Vodoprivredu Jaroslav Cerni and Energoprojekt Hidroinzenjering, which will also be…



Opportunity to bid for rehabilitation of 864-MW Chaira pumped storage in Bulgaria

29.03.2018


Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania EAD is inviting tenders for rehabilitation of its 864-MW Chaira pumped storage hydro plant in Bulgaria. Chaira is located in the Rila mountains about 100 km southeast of Sofia, the capital city. The underground power plant contains four reversible Francis pump-turbine units. Units 1 and 2 have been in operation since 1995,…



Euro bank backs privatization of two Turkish hydropower plants


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said it is supporting a major milestone in the privatization of state-owned power plants in Turkey with a $55 million dual-currency loan to a subsidiary of Koç Holding, the largest diversified conglomerate in the country. Entek Elektrik Üretimi A.Ş, the winning bidder of a competitive privatization…



EDF eyeing hydropower projects in Serbia – energy minister

24.03.2018


BELGRADE (Serbia), March 20 (SeeNews) – Serbia’s energy minister Aleksandar Antic said French state-run utility company Electricite de France (EDF) has expressed serious interest in participating in the development of hydropower projects in his country. Representatives of EDF have expressed interest in cooperating with Serbian state-owned power utility EPS in the development of hydropower projects,…



Bulgaria’s state-owned National Electricity Company, NEK, said it has opened a 3.8 million levs ($2.4 million/1.9 million euro) tender for the supply and installation of hydro power plant (HPP) control systems

14.03.2018


SOFIA (Bulgaria), February 2 (SeeNews) – Bulgaria’s state-owned National Electricity Company, NEK, said it has opened a 3.8 million levs ($2.4 million/1.9 million euro) tender for the supply and installation of hydro power plant (HPP) control systems. The tender envisages the supply of control systems for HPP Batak, HPP Peshtera and HPP Aleko, all located…



The need for a dynamic and efficient energy market is also the case for the Western Balkans and Albania. There is a significant deficit in the overall energy balance in the Western Balkans


By Per Strand Sjaastad* Good energy policy is, basically, about ensuring sufficient and stable supply, at affordable prices in an efficient and competitive market, and – at the same time – without destroying the environment or the climate. The energy sector generates huge values in society. It also forms the basis for value creation in…



Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania EAD is inviting tenders for rehabilitation of its 864-MW Chaira pumped storage hydro plant in Bulgaria

13.03.2018


Chaira is located in the Rila mountains about 100 km southeast of Sofia, the capital city. The underground power plant contains four reversible Francis pump-turbine units. Units 1 and 2 have been in operation since 1995, and Units 3 and 4 began operating in 1999. The upper compensating basin for Chaira is the Belmeken Reservoir….