Congo Republic’s 19.9-MW Liouesso
hydroelectric project inaugurated
Te Congo Republic’s 19.9-MW Liouesso
plant has been ofcially commissioned,
following a ceremony that took place
in late May.
Located on the Sangha River
near the northern town of Liouesso,
the facility was constructed by the
China Gezhouba Group at a cost of
about US$110 million. Te project is intended
to increase and diversify Congo’s power supply,
which has risen from a cumulative 90 MW in
2000 to 214 MW with Liousseo’s completion,
according to government data.
Te project was awarded for construction
to South Africa’s Clackson Power Co. in
October 2006, at which time the plant was
scheduled for completion in 2014.
Report: hydropower accounted for 15.5%
of new renewable capacity in 2016
Installed capacity of renewables worldwide
reached nearly 2,017 GW in 2016, with
hydropower accounting for 15.5% of the new
capacity, according to the Renewables 2017
Global Status Report. Tis report, issued by
the Renewable Energy Policy Network for
the 21st Century, or REN21, says renewable
power generating capacity increased about 161
GW in 2016, or nearly 9% growth over 2015.
Te report says that excluding hydro, total
renewable power capacity worldwide was 921
GW. Tis means worldwide hydro capacity
(excluding pumped storage) is 1,096 GW,
and the next closest technology is wind power
at 487 GW. Global pumped storage capacity
is counted separately and was estimated to
be 150 GW at the end of 2016, with about
6.4 GW added in 2016. Te report indicates,
“Pumped storage is the dominant source of
large-scale energy storage.”
Te countries with the greatest total
hydropower capacity as of the end of 2016
are China, Brazil, the United States, Canada
and the Russian Federation.
Te report says there was about 536 MW
of ocean energy capacity by the end of 2016,
primarily from two tidal barrage facilities. It
says other technologies are still “largely in
pre-commercial development stages.”
House committee unanimously
approves fve hydropower-
Te U.S. House of Representatives Energy
and Commerce Committee unanimously
approved a number of bills in early June that
would extend deadlines for several individual
hydropower projects. Te bills, whose Senate
equivalents were passed by that chamber’s
Subcommittee on Energy and Natural
Resources in March, include:
• House Resolution 951, a bill to the extend
the deadline for commencement of con-
structing a hydropower project involving
the W. Kerr Scott Dam;
• H.R. 122, a bill to reinstate and extend the
deadline for constructing a hydro project
involving the Jennings Randolph Dam;
• H.R. 2292, a bill to extend a Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission license
associated with construction of the
Cannonsville Dam; and
• H.R. 2457, a bill to extend a FERC license
for the J. Bennett Johnston Water way Dam.
Te House committee also reviewed and
approved H.R. 2274, which would modify
portions of the Federal Power Act by extending the time for preliminary permitting from
three years to four years, with an option for an
additional four years should FERC approve
it. Te legislation would also change Section
13 to increase extensions for constructing a
plant from two years to eight years.
Pakistan’s 147-MW Patrind connected
to grid, generating power
Te frst generating unit at Pakistan’s 147-MW
Patrind hydroelectric plant is now generating
power and connected to the national grid,
according to a statement from the National
Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd.
Patrind is located on the Kunhar River
and is being developed by a consortium called
Star Hydro Power Ltd, which includes the
Korea Water Resources Corp. and the Daewoo
Engineering & Construction Co.
The project is connected to the
Muzafarabad-II grid station via a 132-kV
double-circuit transmission line in Azad
Jammu and Kashmir, with power to beneft
people near there and Hazara. A separate 220-
kV line will eventually be built to connect
Patrind to the Mansehra grid station.
NTDC said the connected turbine will be
“increased to its optimal level” pending the
completion of testing.
Patrind is one of several NTDC hydro
plants in the region nearing full completion.
Also in the works are 900-MW Neelum Jhelum
and 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension.
Peruvian ministry grants concession
for 22-MW Nueva Granada project
Te Peruvian government has granted a temporary concession to developer Hidroelectrica
Nueva Granda for a hydropower plant in the
Te group submitted a proposal for the
22-MW Nueva Granada project to Peru’s
Ministry of Energy and Mines in April 2016.
Te ministry said feasibility studies must be
completed within 10 months.
Located in the Peruvian Andes, the Cusco
region is already home to Egemsa’s 206-MW
Machu Picchu and Luz del Sur’s 98.5-MW
Santa Teresa plants.
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