Canals, Tunnels & Penstocks

Considerations in the design, construction, maintenance and repair of cannels, tunnels and penstocks associated with hydroelectric projects.

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Latest Canals, Tunnels & Penstocks News

Explosion at 160-MW Silvan Hydroelectric Project in Turkey injures 12 workers

04/21/2015

Several local media outlets reported an explosion on April 14, opened a 60 by 45 cm hole in a penstock tunnel being constructed at the Silvan Dam site on the Batman River in Silvan, Diyarbakır Province in southeastern Turkey.  

Civil engineering contract awarded for Austria's 940-MW Koralm pumped-storage plant

04/13/2015

Pumpspeicherkraftwerk Koralm GmbH has selected ILF Consulting Engineers and AF-Consult to provide engineering services for the 940-MW Koralm pumped-storage hydropower project in Austria.

CWCB seeks more than US$27 million for new dams, civil structures and hydroelectric facilities

04/06/2015

By 2050, the Colorado River Basin could need access to between 62,000 and 101,000 acre-feet of water. According to the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), to meet this requirement several projects are needed that include new dams, expanded reservoirs and rehabilitated hydroelectric facilities.  

Philippines NIA announces plan to bid up to 200 micro hydropower plants

04/01/2015

The Philippines National Irrigation Administration has said it plans to bid between 150 and 200 micro hydropower plants with a goal of increasing the country's hydro generating capacity by a cumulative 50 MW.

Rehabilitating a Buckled Penstock Using CFRP

03/10/2015

Buckling of the steel liner of the penstock supplying the 4.6-MW Brian J. Gallagher Generating Station in Canada resulted in a 50% decrease in power output. The problem was repaired using carbon fiber-reinforced polymer.

Hungry Horse Hydropower Plant

U.S. seeks flowmeters for four penstocks at 428-MW Hungry Horse hydro project

03/10/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to supply four ultrasonic flowmeter systems at the 428-MW Hungry Horse Dam hydropower project in Montana.

1-MW Merk hydroelectric scheme

A combined US$11.1 million will finance two small hydroelectric projects in the Scottish Highlands

02/05/2015

CRF Hydro Power Ltd., a Scottish hydro developer and operator, has completed negotiations with Clydesdale Bank Plc. to receive US$5.83 million to rehabilitate and upgrade the Garbhaig small hydroelectric project from 915 kW to 2 MW. The scheme is located in a rural area on Loch [Lake] Garbhaig in the Scottish Highlands in the Wester Ross area.  

Lesotho seeks bids to develop Polihali Dam; hydro project studied

01/29/2015

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority invites proposals to implement several portions of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), including construction of Polihali Dam and a water transfer tunnel.

Jordan seeks pipeline, small hydro plant at Khaw Reservoir

01/27/2015

The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) invites applications for pre-qualification to design and build a water pipeline, pumping facilities and a small hydropower project at Khaw Reservoir in Jordan.

Tunnel flood kills three at Vietnam's 38-MW Thuan Hoa hydropower plant

01/27/2015

Three Chinese workers were killed and another injured this past week when water flooded a tunnel at Vietnam's 38-MW Thuan Hoa hydroelectric plant, local sources report.

U.S. seeks penstock flowmeter replacement at eight hydro projects

01/20/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to replace penstock flowmeters at eight hydroelectric projects in its northern and central California areas.

Small hydro development in Colorado

Colorado receives $1.8 million to advance agricultural hydropower project development

01/19/2015

A $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture should help the Colorado Department of Agriculture support development of agricultural hydropower projects in the state, according to a press release from the Colorado Small Hydro Association.

WAPDA head urges timely completion of Tarbela hydropower plant extension

01/14/2015

The chairman of Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) ordered authorities to ensure the on-schedule completion of the 1,410-MW Tarbela 4 hydropower plant extension during a site visit this week.

FERC refuses to extend PG&E permit to study up to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage

12/22/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a request by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to extend by two years the utility's second preliminary permit to study development of a 300- to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage project in California's Amador and Calaveras counties.

Proposed 1000-MW Lipno-Aschach pumped-storage hydroelectric development

EU report listing US$1.6 trillion investment opportunities may spur hydropower development

12/18/2014

A European Union (EU) report released Dec. 9, lists about €1.3 trillion (US$1.6 trillion) of potential investments across Europe that could “kick-start” ambitious plans for infrastructure development. One of the potential investments could result in an enormous pumped-storage hydro project for the Czech Republic and Austria. However, a non-governmental organization opposes the proposed 1000-MW hydropower development. 

At least 13 killed by collapse at Ecuador's Coca Codo Sinclair hydropower plant

12/15/2014

At least 13 people are dead and a dozen injured following the collapse of a pressure well at Ecuador's 1,500-MW Coca Codo Sinclair hydropower project.

Penstock and structures webinar by Fibrwrap

Attend a free webinar on rehabilitation of penstocks and structures vs. replacement

11/21/2014

Fibrwrap is hosting a free webinar, in conjunction with HydroWorld.com, on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 12 pm central time.

Minnesota's 71-MW Thomson hydropower plant back on line after two-year rehab

11/14/2014

Minnesota Power's 71-MW Thomson hydropower plant is generating energy for the first time since being knocked out of service by record flooding more than two years ago.

WEST Consultants wins contract for dam and civil structure analysis

11/05/2014

The Corps of Engineers has awarded Oregon-based water resources advisory group WEST Consultants Inc. a US$4.9 million contract for work in its entire Northwest Division.

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.

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