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[2 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

 

High and ever increasing prices for electricity exported from Russia to Mongolia is the most commonly quoted reason for Mongolia’s plans to build its own large hydropower. In case of Lake Baikal Basin this looks especially true, since part of water that rotates turbines at Angara Hydropower Cascade (belongs to En+Group) comes from Selenge river in Mongolia. During last 6 months several different new transmission lines for additional electricity exports for lower prices were proposed by Russian Grid Co, Republic  of Buryatia, other entities. However promise of new cheap …

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[1 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

Villagers affected by controlled flooding at Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam petitioned the country’s prime minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday for their help in being allowed to remain on their land, sources said. The USD 800  Lower Sesan II hydropower project, a joint venture between China’s Hydrolancang International, Cambodia’s Royal Group, and a state-owned Vietnamese firm, began pre-operation testing on July 15, flooding parts of Srekor and Kbal Romeas villages, where some locals have refused to leave and turned down compensation …

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In the beginning of August the President of Russian Federation undertook a series of activities devoted to freshwater ecosystems :
On August 2 he harpooned a large pike in Siberia. A video of this hunt shown  by TV to Russian population was intended to promote  further support for nature conservation and  animal protection.
On August 3 the President  switched on three turbines of newly built 320 MW Lower Bureya Hydro, a new station now producing electricity in the Far East  region known for gross surplus in electricity and unwillingness of …

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The WB Inspection Panel recognized that 2015 Request for Inspection "had placed the MINIS project on a positive trajectory…"

Finally it is all over! The World Bank Inspection Panel after 2,5 years of close supervision decided not to investigate compliant submitted by Mongolian and Russian citizens concerned with intended feasibility study of Shuren Hydropower and the Orkhon Gobi Water Diversion projects in Lake Baikal Basin.
The Panel justifies its soft decision by obvious improvement in MINIS Project consultation mechanisms and promises to reshuffle completely the intended set of studies, committing …

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[26 Jul 2017 | Topics: ]

 

The Coalition for the Protection of Rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina warns that the uncontrolled construction of hydropower plants will cause untold devastation to biodiversity and water quality in the country. More than 300 new hydropower plants are currently planned.
In a symbolic action, a ruined dam on the Bašćica River was painted with a giant woman “smashing” the dam, showing human’s weakness over nature and the consequences of unplanned construction.
The Idbar dam was built in 1959 in the valley below Prenj Mountain, Konjic, to stop gravel going into the …