Hidroelectrica, the Romanian state-owned hydropower company, held an inauguration ceremony on 10 September following the completion of the country’s longest headrace tunnel built since 1984, representing an investment of more than EUR 150 million.
The tunnel is part of the Surduc-Siriu hydropower project, initiated in 1981, which spans the Buzău, Bâsca Mare, Bâsca Mică rivers in the Buzău, Covasna and Vrancea counties. The Surduc-Nehoiașu tunnel will deliver water from the Surduc storage reservoir to the Nehoiașu powerhouse.
At approximately 16.6 km in length, the tunnel has a diameter of 4 m and a discharge capacity of 40 m3 per second. Its concrete lining is 30–35 cm thick.
Breaking another record for Hidroelectrica, it will allow for the highest hydraulic head, currently under construction, in the company’s portfolio – about 490 m.
The completion of the Surduc-Nehoiaşu bypass will enable Hidroelectrica to increase capacity at the Nehoiașu powerhouse. The new plant will have an installed capacity of 55 MW and will generate, on average, around 172 GWh of electricity each year.
This is comparable to the Nehoiaşu I power station, which has an installed capacity of 42 MW delivered by two generating units, and an average generational output of around 121 GWh per year. This older plant was commissioned in 1988.
The value of the Surduc-Nehoiașu project will reach around RON 850 million (about EUR 189 million), with the rest of the project expected to cost around RON 250 million (about EUR 57 million).
Moving forward, Hidroelectrica is preparing to implement the rest of a substantial investment plan for 2015-2020.
The company’s budget for development, upgrades and maintenance in this period is over EUR 1.3 billion, including EUR 450 million for new hydropower projects, EUR 305 million for upgrades and refurbishments at existing plants and EUR 240 million for maintenance works.
Hidroelectrica also has plans to invest some EUR 300 million in the development of complementary renewable technologies, such as wind and solar power.
Ken Adams has been re-selected president of the International Hydropower Association during the first meeting of the association’s new board in London.
Mr Adams has already served a two-year term as IHA president between 2013 and 2015, having been first elected to the IHA Board in 2005.
“It has been a great privilege to serve as IHA’s president,” he said. “I am looking forward to continuing leading on IHA’s governance over the next two years, at a time of exciting transition and growth for the hydropower sector.
"The association is working towards amibitious goals for 2020. We will increase our efforts to build consensus and share knowledge on the sustainable development of hydropower worldwide, and support the sector to do business better."
Mr Adams has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian electricity sector, including his previous role as senior vice president for power supply at Manitoba Hydro. He also spent several years on the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba.
He was the first chair of both the Wuskwatim Power Limited Partnership and the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership, two hydropower projects managed cooperatively between Manitoba Hydro and First Nation communities.
The following candidates were also appointed by the board as IHA’s vice presidents for the 2015–17 period:
- Colin Clark, chief technical officer, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
- Roger Gill, international consultant
- Lin Chuxue, executive vice president, China Three Gorges Corporation
- Roland Münch, chairman, Hydro Equipment Association
- Gil Maranhão Neto, director of business development, Engie
- Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, CEO, Sarawak Energy Berhad
The new Board is meeting for the first time during 22–23 September, after being elected by members earlier in 2015.
The meeting includes discussion on the strategy, priorities and work programme of the association for the next two years, as well as the strategic goals for 2020.
The new president and vice presidents will lead the IHA Board for a two-year term, until September 2017.
Jindal Power’s Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Ltd has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Global Sustainability Award by the Energy and Environment Foundation, an Indian NGO based in Delhi.
The award recognises the company’s outstanding achievements in the field of sustainable development.
Mr M M Madan, president and CEO at the hydropower division of Jindal Power Ltd, received the award on behalf of the company from Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, a member of the Indian parliament, during the 2015 World Renewable Energy Technology Congress, which was held in New Delhi in August.
“This award is a testimony of our endeavors and commitments for achieving the objective of sustainable development,” said Mr Madan.
“With our commitment to sustainable hydropower development, we hope to take a lead in highlighting the value of a sustainable approach to hydropower development in the country.”
The Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Ltd is a joint venture of Jindal Power Ltd and the Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Ltd, a state government-owned enterprise.
The company is currently developing two hydropower projects in the Dibang Valley in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh: Etalin (3,097 MW), a run-of-river plant which is the largest hydropower project currently in development in India, and Anonpani (22 MW).
The Etalin project has achieved a number of milestones recently. The environmental impact assessment is currently under consideration by the federal Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC), having already received approval from state agencies.
The environmental flow requirement study was carried out by the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, and has already been accepted by MoEF & CC.
Jindal Power Ltd is also developing the Kamala (1,800 MW) and Attunli (680 MW) hydropower projects, also both in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Last year, Jindal Power Ltd signed a sustainability partnership with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to promote sustainable practices in the development of the Etalin project, which was the company’s first hydropower scheme.
The company has already received training from IHA sustainability specialists, and there are plans to implement the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in the Etalin project’s continued development.
“Jindal Steel & Power Limited always believes in inclusive growth, taking along the communities around its plants, endeavouring to improve the quality of life of the people in the areas it operates in,” Mr Madan explained.
The Energy and Environment Foundation’s annual Global Environment Awards recognise both commercial organisations and academic institutions in India which have demonstrably made a positive impact on the environment.
The selection process includes presenting a case to a panel of judges, who also undertake site visits to the shortlisted projects.
The 2015 Hydropower Status Report is now available for download, providing comprehensive insights into new global developments in the sector, statistics on new installed capacity, detailed regional analysis, and more.
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