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DR Congo Waits On Funding For World’s Largest Hydropower Project

24 May

The existing Inga I dam on the Congo River. Photograph: Reuters

Cross Posted from The Guardian

The world’s largest set of dams has moved closer to construction, with the World Bank and other financial institutions expected to offer finance and South Africa agreeing to buy half of the power generated.

In the past 60 years French, Belgian, Chinese, Brazilian and African engineers have all hoped to dam the river.

But decades of civil war, corruption, and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) reputation as a failed state have limited the hydropower developments at the country’s Inga Falls to two relatively small dams, built in 1972 and 1982. These, known as Inga 1 and 2, have a theoretical capacity of 1,400 megawatts but produce about half that.

A new $20bn (£13.2bn) development to generate a further 4,800MW was announced over the weekend in Paris, with work planned to start in October 2015. According to the DRC government, working with European and other consultants, five further stages at Inga Falls could eventually have a capacity of 40,000MW – equivalent to more than 20 large nuclear power stations.

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World’s Tallest Dam Approved By Chinese Environmental Officials

24 May

The upper Dadu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River. Photo by: rduta/Creative Commons 2.0

Cross Posted from The Guardian

Chinese environmental authorities have approved construction plans for what could become the world’s tallest dam, while acknowledging that the project would affect endangered plants and rare fish species.

The 314 metre-high dam (1,030ft) will serve the Shuangjiangkou hydropower project along the Dadu river in south-western Sichuan province, according to China‘s state news agency, Xinhua. A subsidiary of Guodian Group, one of China’s five major state-owned power companies, will complete the project over a decade at an estimated cost of £2.9bn.

The dam will be far taller than the 185 metre-high Three Gorges dam along the Yangtze river – the world’s most powerful hydroelectric project – and slightly edge out the current record holder, the 300 metre-high Nurek dam in Tajikistan. The world’s second-tallest dam, the 292 metre-high Xiaowan dam on the Lancang (Mekong) river, is also in China.

China’s environment ministry acknowledged that the dam would have an impact on the area’s highly biodiverse flora and fauna.

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Four officials taken hostage by Himachal villagers freed

23 Jun

cross posted from here

Indo-Asian News Service
June 22, 2011

Shimla, June. 22 — Four government functionaries associated with a mega hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district [India] were taken hostage by villagers protesting over environmental issues and released after a day in captivity Wednesday, officials said.

The protesters were demanding acceptance of their demands by state-run Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) executing a mega run-of-the-river hydropower project on a Satluj tributary.

“All the four government functionaries, including three senior officials of the HPPCL who were kept under house arrest by villagers since Tuesday, were released on the HPPCL’s assurance that most of their demands would be accepted,” Sub-Divisional Magistrate Naresh Thakur told IANS over phone.

He said the villagers demands included grant of construction contracts to locals and steps to prevent deterioration of environment.

The project of 130 MW is called Kashang hydropower project. It is being made on Kashang rivulet, some 275 km from state capital Shimla, and is being funded by the Asian Development Bank.

HPPCL General Manager S.P. Gupta said the released hostages included project’s Executive Engineer C.L. Dhiman along with a senior research fellow of the Himachal Pradesh University. They had been kept in captivity at the ‘panchayat ghar’ in Pangi village, the second largest in the district with a population of over 2,500 people.

The ministry of environment and forests has already granted an environmental clearance to the project. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Indo-Asian News Service. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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