The world’s largest power plant is a $27 billion ‘engineering wonder’.

The world’s largest power plant is a $27 billion ‘engineering wonder’.

Located on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, the Itaipu Dam produced 103.09 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in 2016 – making the hydroelectric system the world’s largest power plant. Ten years after its completion in 1984, the American Society of Civil Engineers named it “one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world.” Building the $27 billion Itaipu Dam required 18 years […]

About 22% of Brazil’s growth in power capacity could come from hydropower.

About 22% of Brazil’s growth in power capacity could come from hydropower.

Brazil’s Energy Research Agency (EPE) and Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) this week released its US$430 billion 10-Year Energy Expansion Plan proposition, PDE 2026, to help the country’s energy sector, including hydropower, BNamericas reports. According to PDE 2026, EPE forecasts installed power capacity over the next decade will increase by 64.1 GW, from 148.392 GW to […]

Fezer wins contract to repair 2-MW turbine at Abranjo hydro plant in Brazil.

Fezer wins contract to repair 2-MW turbine at Abranjo hydro plant in Brazil.

NISHI Electromecanica and Fezer, an affiliate of Power Machines, have signed a contract to modernize and repair a 2-MW turbine at the Abranjo hydro plant. Abranjo, in Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil, is owned by Electra Power generating group. The Abranjo powerhouse contains three 2-MW turbine-generator units. NISHI Electromecanica is repairing the generator, and […]

Voith undertakes pioneering collaborative study in hydropower modernization with the National University of La Plata, Argentina

Voith undertakes pioneering collaborative study in hydropower modernization with the National University of La Plata, Argentina

Argentina is the third-largest economy in Latin America and also the third-largest energy consumer in the region Uprate initiatives in the hydropower scenario are targeted to benefit Argentina, as the country relies on this energy source for ~30% of its power generation and it accounts for more than 10 GW of installed hydro capacity Voith […]

Rio Negro hydro plant in Brazil no longer planned for construction.

Rio Negro hydro plant in Brazil no longer planned for construction.

The government of Brazil has shelved plans to build the Rio Negro hydro plant in Brazil, BNamericas reports. Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), the power sector planning agency, recommended preliminary licenses for the project be put on hold amid concerns about environmental and social impacts. The project was to be located in the Amazon rainforest. The […]

Argentina Federal Energy Council approves US$5 billion 1,310-MW Nestor Kirchner-Jorge Cepernic complex.

Argentina Federal Energy Council approves US$5 billion 1,310-MW Nestor Kirchner-Jorge Cepernic complex.

At the inaugural meeting of Argentina’s Federal Energy Council last week, members voiced unanimous support for the construction of the US$5 billion 1,310-MW Nestor Kirchner–Jorge Cepernic hydropower complex planned for Santa Cruz River in Argentina. Argentina’s Energy and Mining Ministry recently published a new environmental impact study for the project after the Supreme Court of […]

Amazonia’s future will be jeopardized by dams.

Amazonia’s future will be jeopardized by dams.

Building the hundreds of hydroelectric dams proposed for the Amazon River Basin will cause massive environmental damage all the way from the eastern slopes of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, according to new findings by an international team of researchers that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist. The Amazon River and its watershed–the largest […]

Peruvian ministry sends Charcani 7 hydropower project application back to developer.

Peruvian ministry sends Charcani 7 hydropower project application back to developer.

Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has declared a request from developer Empresa de Generacion Electrica de Arequipa to build a 21.5 MW hydroelectric plant to be inadmissible for approval. The US$60 million Charcani 7 plant would be a run-of-river project located in Peru’s southern Arequipa region. The plant would use discharge from the Charcani […]

Voith and China Three Gorges enhance cooperation in hydropower business.

Voith and China Three Gorges enhance cooperation in hydropower business.

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 which enhances their further strategic cooperation in the hydropower business. China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) is […]

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