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A bi-monthly journal dedicated to the dissemination of information in the hydropower and dams industry and related fields.

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At a time when meetings cannot take place, we are aware that it is especially important to keep our profession well informed, through our journal and website, and we are glad to be able to continue our work at the usual pace. Meanwhile, we send warm wishes to our readers around the world. We hope you are making your way as well as possible through this crisis, and we express again our deepest sympathy to all who have been directly affected, or who have lost loved ones, friends or colleagues.

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Disaster in Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, northern India, on 7 February

Prof John Reynolds, expert in geo-hazards and glacial hazard assessment and mitigation, has prepared an initial report for Hydropower & Dams on the tragic avalanche in Uttarakhand on 7 February, which destroyed the Rishi Ganga hydro plant. His findings have demonstrated that initial press reports have been inaccurate.

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ICOLD comment on UNU-INWEH Report Series 11

ICOLD President Michael Rogers has written a detailed response to a recent publication from the United National University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health, which was entitled ‘Ageing water storage infrastructure: An emerging risk’ (UNU-INWEH Report Series 11). President Rogers points out that ageing is not an emerging risk, but a well understood and documented element of risk that is fully considered in the design and construction of dams. He draws attention to a number of inaccuracies and misconceptions in the report.

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ICOLD 2021 New Delhi

A report of ICOLD’s recent hybrid Symposium (in Delhi and on line), as well as the second part of our report on Aqua-Media’s HYDRO 2020 conference on line, will appear in Issue 2 of Hydropower & Dams, published in late March.

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Pre-qualification bids sought for E&M supply for Gabral Kalam, Pakistan …

Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) invites pre-qualification bids by 7 April for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of electrical and mechanical works and associated civil works for the Gabral Kalam hydropower project in Pakistan's northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The 88 MW run-of-river project is to be developed under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hydropower and Renewable Energy Development Project, with funding from the World Bank. The World Bank approved US$ 450 million in financing in September 2020 to support the development of hydropower and associated solar PV in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as strengthen the capacity of associated institutions in the province, as part of wider efforts by the multilateral bank to support Pakistan’s transition to renewable energy with the aim to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel imports and to lower the costs of electricity production.

Equipment sought for Hoa Binh extension project in Vietnam

Vietnam’s state power supplier, EVN, through the Vietnam Electricity Power Projects Management Board No. 1, invites sealed bids from eligible bidders by 22 April for the procurement of electro-mechanical equipment for the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant Extension Project on the river Da in the northern province of Hoa Binh. The project will entail the expansion of the 1920 MW Hoa Binh plant to 2400 MW, through the addition of two units totalling 480 MW in a new powerhouse to be built downstream of the existing dam. The new units are designed to increase annual production by about 488 GWh.

Himachal Pradesh schemes require implementation consultancy …

The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) invites pre-qualification applications by 18 March from qualified consultants to assist with the construction of four plants totalling 67 MW. All four schemes, namely Devi Kothi (16 MW), Hail (18 MW), Sai Kothi I (15 MW) and Sai Kothi II (18 MW), are designed as run-of-river projects in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. In general, except for Sai Kothi II, which will take water directly from the tailrace of Sai Kothi I, and hence has no weir structure, the plants will each comprise a concrete weir, of either the drop or gated type, and a waterway structure with a desilting basin, headrace tunnel, surge shaft or surface forebay, pressure shaft or penstock, and tailrace.

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