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Fish passage plans finalized for Cle Elum Dam

08/28/2015

A $100 million fish passage package is being installed at Cle Elum Dam on the Cle Elum River in Washington, and this was commemorated through a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 27.

Zambezi authority seeks gate, spillway investigations at Kariba Dam hydro complex

08/28/2015

The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) invites applications for pre-qualification to inspect and investigate an emergency gate and spillway of the Kariba Dam hydropower complex on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. 

Nalcor selects preferred contractor for 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project

08/28/2015

Nalcor Energy has selected firm Barnard-Pennecon JV Ltd. as the preferred contractor for the construction of the north and south dams at the 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project.

Australian dam safety officials on alert for possible dam failure in New South Wales

08/25/2015

Residents near Jerrara Dam in rural Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia on the NSW South Coast have been ordered to evacuate their homes amidst fear the dam will fail as more than a foot of rain had fallen in the area by 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. 

Teledyne BlueView, EIVA release underwater imaging software

08/25/2015

Underwater imaging technology manufacturer Teledyne BlueView and engineering company EIVA have released a new scanning system designed to quickly assess underwater surfaces.

Yalong River Hydropower Ltd. to issue US$155 million in 270-day bills

08/25/2015

On Aug. 25, Yalong River Hydropower Development Co. Ltd. (YRDC) announced it would issue US$155 million (RMB 1 billion) in unsecured super short-term bills with a maturity of 270 days on the interbank market on Aug 26. 

Seattle City Light evacuates 711-MW Skagit hydropower project amidst wildfire

08/20/2015

Safety concerns raised by wildfires have forced utility Seattle City Light to evacuate employees from the town of Diablo, the nearby 711-MW Skagit hydropower complex and the North Cascades Institute's Environmental Learning Center.

USSD workshops set for November in Oakland

08/20/2015

The United States Society on Dams 2015 Fall Workshop conference and training event is scheduled for Nov. 2-4, in Oakland, Calif. The workshops will address important issues faced by U.S. and international dam engineering professionals.  

Progress continues at 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project

08/19/2015

According to the World Bank, construction continues on the 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project (VPHEP) on the Alaknanda River, a major tributary of the Ganga River, in the district Chamoli in Uttarakhand, India. 

Whitepapers

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection at Hydroelectric Facilities

Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure -- such as hydroelectric power facilities and Bulk Electric System facilities -- are a serious concern. This whitepaper features several experts cover...

Preventing Generator Failure with On-line PD Monitoring

With the increasing age of generator fleets, on-line insulation condition monitoring has become an essential asset management tool. Compared to routine off-line diagnostic tests, on-line monit...

Reliable Separation of Solids at Small Hydropower Plants with the HOBAS Sand Trap

Sand traps that remove solids from the river water are essential elements in hydroelectric power systems. HOBAS has developed a particularly effective sand trap made of glass fiber reinforced ...

Dam Safety

Zambezi authority seeks gate, spillway investigations at Kariba Dam hydro complex

08/28/2015 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) invites applications for pre-qualifica...

Australian dam safety officials on alert for possible dam failure in New South Wales

08/25/2015 Residents near Jerrara Dam in rural Illawarra, New South Wales, Australi...

Dam Design & Construction

Nalcor selects preferred contractor for 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project

08/28/2015 Nalcor Energy has selected firm Barnard-Pennecon JV Ltd. as the preferre...

USSD workshops set for November in Oakland

08/20/2015 The United States Society on Dams 2015 Fall Workshop conference and trai...

Canals, Tunnels & Penstocks

Alterra provides updates on Jimmie Creek, Tahumming hydropower plants in latest quarterly report

08/14/2015 Quarterly reports released earlier this week by Canadian renewable energ...

Latin bank seeks review, recommendations to complete Bolivia's 120-MW Misicuni hydro project

07/15/2015 The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) invites expressions of intere...

Underwater Work

Teledyne BlueView, EIVA release underwater imaging software

08/25/2015 Underwater imaging technology manufacturer Teledyne BlueView and enginee...

Pakistan seeks sediment management strategy for 243-MW Warsak hydro project

08/14/2015 Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites express...

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