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    UPDATE - Brazil environmental agency clears 3,300-MW Jirau


    Brazil’s environmental agency granted a license June 3, 2009, to the 3,300-MW Jirau hydroelectric project, allowing stalled work to resume at the construction site on the Madeira River.

    Civil Construction: Project Development in the Himalayas: Solving Geotechnical Challenges


    Finance: Combining Public and Private Funds: the PPP Approach

    05/01/2009 In a public-private partnership approach to financing hydro development — often referred to as a PPP arrangement — the objective is to achieve an acceptable balance of risks and rewards between private companies and publicly owned entities.

    Conference Information: Brasilia 2009: Improving Management Of Dams and Hydropower


    The International Commission on Large Dams’ 77th Annual Meeting and 23rd Congress, to be held May 21-29, 2009, in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, bring together dam experts from throughout the world to exchange knowledge and experiences.



    A look at ongoing development of nine of the world’s tallest dams provides examples of design, excavation, and construction work occurring in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

    Hickory Log Creek: Building a Roller-Compacted-Concrete Dam

    03/01/2009 To overcome site constraints and to meet a tight timeline for completing its new Hickory Log Creek Dam, the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority and the city of Canton, Ga., chose to build a roller-compacted-concrete structure.

    Corps plans meeting on solicitation for hydro construction work

    02/18/2009 The Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District is recruiting firms interested in construction work that could involve building powerhouses and dams in several states.

    Pakistan seeks construction supervision for 4,500-MW Basha

    11/27/2008 Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide design, construction supervision, and contract administration for the 4,500-MW Basha hydroelectric project.

    Ghana river agency awards transmission backbone management


    Ghana's Volta River Authority has awarded a contract to Vattenfall Power Consult AB of Sweden to manage work for the West Africa Power Pool Coastal Transmission Backbone Project.

    Post Falls: Powering Northern Idaho for More than a Century

    11/01/2008 The Post Falls hydroelectric project on the Spokane River in northern Idaho began operating in 1906 to provide power for local industries.

    Method for Evaluating the Structural Reliability of Radial Gates

    10/01/2008 Japanese engineers offer a new method for determining the structural reliability of aged and deteriorated spillway radial gates.

    Roller-Compacted-Concrete Dams: Designing Spillways and Outlet Works

    10/01/2008 For a roller-compacted-concrete dam, proper attention to spillway design and to the location of outlet works is important toward ensuring the constructability of the structure.


    09/01/2008 Important hydro news from throughout the world.

    Evaluating Earthquake Safety for Large Dams in Southeast Turkey

    09/01/2008 To determine the safety of dams in southeast Turkey in the event of an earthquake, the Turkish Association of Dam Safety conducted a seismic risk analysis on 42 structures.


    09/01/2008 Easy-to-acess, comprehensive worldwide hydro business news.

    Dam Design: Designing Facings and Contraction Joints for Roller-Compacted-Concrete Dams

    07/01/2008 Facings and contraction joints are important aspects to consider during the design of a roller-compacted-concrete dam.

    New Hydro

    07/01/2008 Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) announces an investment program of 22 billion euros (US$34.72 billion), half of which it plans to spend on renewable energy sources such as ocean, wind, and biomass power.

    ICOLD delegates see global revival of dam construction

    06/09/2008 Delegates to an international meeting on large dams welcomed a revival in dam construction around the world in response to water supply needs and increased demand for clean renewable hydroelectricity.

    Improving Training of Engineering Students For Hydro Careers

    05/01/2008 To encourage interest in the hydro industry among engineering students and to better prepare them for hydro careers, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland offers an interdisciplinary engineering program.

    Managing the Development Process

    05/01/2008 By understanding the breadth and scope of the work to be completed in developing a new hydroelectric project, developers can manage the process concurrently instead of in series.

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