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VA Tech hydro sale by Siemens moves forward
20 December, 2005
Siemens is set to sell the hydro operation of VA tech to Allianz AG's Allianz Capital Partner, together with Austria's Soravia Group, local media reports.

Edf to replace coolant pump bearings
20 December, 2005
Up to 30 reactors in France are to have bearings replaced in emergency coolant pumps after operators Electricité de France (EdF) discovered a common fault.

Endesa announces R&D programme
20 December, 2005
Spanish utility Edesa has announced two research and development programmes with a total budget of €56 million over four years.

Grid stability from wind
20 December, 2005
A new report published by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) finds that the capacity of the European power system to absorb significant amount of wind power is determined more by economics and regulatory rules than by technical or practical constraints.

Wave power for Wales
20 December, 2005
Plans have been unveiled for the deployment of a 7 MW wave power device off the coast of Wales, UK, by Spring 2007 with potential for a further 70 MW by 2009.

Bahrain water and power project sale
20 December, 2005
International Power – in consortium with Suez Energy International and Sumitomo Corporation – is the preferred bidder for the Al Hidd Independent Water and Power Project on sale from the government of Bahrain.

IEA highlights good energy policy practice
20 December, 2005
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a review of international energy policy covering more than a hundred examples of general energy policy, energy and environment, energy efficiency, renewables, energy market reform, security of supply, nuclear and energy R&D.

AEP completes purchase of Ceredo station
20 December, 2005
American Electric Power (AEP) has completed its purchase of the 505 MW Ceredo Generating Station in West Virginia from a subsidiary of Reliant Energy for approximately $100 million.

VA Tech Hydro to develop Indian project
20 December, 2005
VA Tech Hydro is to develop an 84 MW hydro project in India after winning an order from the Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB).

Some Kyoto progress, but US stays put
15 December, 2005
After a couple of weeks during which no visible progress was made on fixing targets beyond 2012, and in the face of continued non-participation by the USA, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal closed in the end with the adoption of more than forty decisions that 'will strengthen global efforts to fight climate change' according to the secretariat of the framework convention.

Mitsubishi Heavy and Shell allied on Carbon
15 December, 2005
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Shell EP International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishsing a strategic alliance to cooperate on business opportunities relating to CO2 capture and recovery in the Middle East.

GE Energy to send 2 GW of gas turbines to Nigeria
15 December, 2005
Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Power and Steel has ordered 18 gas turbines from GE Energy as part of one of the largest power projects in the country’s history.

E.On plans to build new Isle of Grain plant
15 December, 2005
The UK’s Powergen, owned by E.On UK, has revised plans to convert its oil-fired station located on the Isle of Grain in Kent, UK, and is instead planning to build a completely new CCGT and to retain the existing station.

Xcel investment blow to Skull Valley nuclear storage site
15 December, 2005
Midwestern utility group Xcel Energy has reportedly announced that it is to hold any further investment in spent fuel storage at Skull Valley in Utah.

Franco-Belgian transmission line opens
15 December, 2005
A new cross-border transmission link between Belgium and France has been commissioned.

Alstom CCGT plant in Oman
15 December, 2005
A €425 million contract from Sohar Aluminium Company has been won by Alstom for the turnkey construction of a 1,000 MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Oman.

Delay in Belene bids
15 December, 2005
Bulgaria’s National Electricity Company (NEK) has announced a 45 day delay in the submission of non-binding bids for design, construction and operation of the first two units of the proposed Belene nuclear plant.

Russian reforms move on
13 December, 2005
The Russian Cabinet of Ministers is understood to have accepted proposals from Anatoly Chubais, chief executive of UES, and a number of the restructured wholesale and territorial generating companies to issue additional shares in UES in order to raise finance that would be used to boost infrastructure.

EC sets out support for biomass
13 December, 2005
The European Commission has adopted an action plan designed to promote the use of biomass in energy applications.

Ontario energy report calls for generation mix, but no to coal
13 December, 2005
The keenly anticipated supply mix advice and recommendations report by Canada’s Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has been published.

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