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Mekong Delta

Opposition to proposed hydroelectric 260-MW Stung Cheay Areng Dam in “biodiversity jewel” of Southeast Asia

10/29/2014

Using Chinese-backed funding, 260-MW Stung Cheay Areng Dam in Cheay Areng Valley, Cambodia, along the Mekong Delta is planned for an area that is often referred to as a “biodiversity jewel” of Southeast Asia. However, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local residents and researchers are expressing opposition to the project based on possible ecological risks the dam may create.

Jacobs Associates, McMillen LLC announce merger plan

10/29/2014

San Francisco-based engineering and consulting firm Jacobs Associates and Boise, Idaho-based engineering and construction firm McMillen LLC announced plans to merge, forming McMillen Jacobs Associates.

Study: Current dam operation in California could be bad for native fish species

10/28/2014

Results of a recent study identified 181 dams in California most in need of attention to protect fish, particularly native species. 

Dam safety tender extended for plunge pool at Africa's Kariba Dam

10/28/2014

The European Development Fund has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to perform dam safety work to reshape the plunge pool of Kariba Dam, site of three hydroelectric projects on the border of Zambia and Zimbabe.

BC Hydro extends call for engineering of dams, spillways, penstocks

10/28/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for proposals from engineering consulting firms to engineer water retention and conveyance structures over at least seven years for the hydropower utility.

Brayman Construction appoints Piedimonte president and COO

10/24/2014

Frank A. Piedimonte, P.E., is now president and chief operating officer of heavy civil and geotechnical contractor Brayman Construction Corp. 

Venezuela names Dongfang to refurbish six units at 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydro project

10/24/2014

Venezuela utility Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec) has awarded a contract to Dongfang Electric Machinery Co. Ltd. of China for comprehensive modernization of six turbine-generators in Powerhouse 1 of the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela's Caroni River.

Corps invites registration for Little Rock District industry days for hydro, other work

10/23/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District invites registration to attend fiscal year 2015 industry days to talk with contractors about work on its facilities and hydropower projects.

Whitepapers

Replacement Options for Penstocks

Many wood stave penstocks installed in the last century are approaching the end of their safe, reliable, and useful service life. Once leakage surpasses the ability of typical maintenance to m...

ITAIPU HPP: Energy Production with High Performance

This article describes the journey of the ITAIPU Binacional Hydroelectric Power Plant in establishing a new world record in electrical energy production for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2...

Dam Safety

Dam safety tender extended for plunge pool at Africa's Kariba Dam

10/28/2014 The European Development Fund has extended the deadline for applications...

Canada utility seeks engineering for fire protection systems at 479-MW Grand Rapids hydro project

10/22/2014 Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to serve as advocate engineer...

Dam Design & Construction

Opposition to proposed hydroelectric 260-MW Stung Cheay Areng Dam in “biodiversity jewel” of Southeast Asia

10/29/2014 Using Chinese-backed funding, 260-MW Stung Cheay Areng Dam in Cheay Aren...

Jacobs Associates, McMillen LLC announce merger plan

10/29/2014 San Francisco-based engineering and consulting firm Jacobs Associates an...

Canals, Tunnels & Penstocks

BC Hydro extends call for engineering of dams, spillways, penstocks

10/28/2014 Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for proposals from e...

BC Hydro upgrades canal, replaces switchgear at two hydro projects

10/21/2014 BC Hydro crews have drained Kootenay Canal in order to upgrade the canal...

Underwater Work

Venezuela names Dongfang to refurbish six units at 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydro project

10/24/2014 Venezuela utility Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec) has aw...

Using an ROV to Repair a Leaking Surge Shaft

10/10/2014 Excess seepage revealed during routine monitoring of the 1,020 MW Tala p...


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