|Hydropower wrap-up: High court overturns Brazilian Belo Monte ruling, Nepal to expand hydro sector|
|Escrito por Industrial Fuels Power|
|Sábado 05 de Marzo de 2011 00:00|
The long-running saga over the mammoth 11GW Belo Monte dam project in Brazil has taken another turn, with a higher court overturning a previous ruling that blocked the beginning of construction on the grounds that the project did not meet environmental standards. The project, should it proceed, would be the third largest hydroelectric dam in the world and its construction would require the resettlement of thousands of indigenous people.
Over in Nepal, Mumbai-based hydropower developer Green Ventures has said that it is looking to commission 1000MW of new capacity by 2016. The company has begun construction on a 120MW plant on the Likhu River, which will export electricity to India. It is being developed through a joint venture with the LNG Bhilwara group. Green Ventures has the rights to develop eight other sites in Nepal that together could produce 2000MW of power. According to the company’s CEO, Krish R Krishnan, engineering studies are in progress with the aim of developing 600MW of capacity at two of these sites.