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India state seeks civil construction of 100-MW Sainj


India's Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd. seeks bids for civil construction and hydro-mechanical works of the 100-MW Sainj hydroelectric project on India's Sainj River.

Barnard begins work to increase height of California's San Vicente Dam


Barnard Construction Co. began preliminary foundation work in June 2009 for a project to add 117 feet to the 220-foot-tall San Vicente Dam in Southern California, the world’s largest dam heightening project using roller-compacted concrete.

Chairman admits nerves as RusHydro lists on London exchange


The head of RusHydro, the world's second largest hydropower producer, admitted to nerves while awaiting the first trades of his company's Global Depositary Receipts on the London Stock Exchange.

India utility extends design bidding, seeks equipment for 110-MW Pare


India's North Eastern Electric Power Corp. Ltd. extended the bidding deadline for design and construction review of the 110-MW Pare hydroelectric project and called for additional bids to equip the project.

Russia pledges to finance 2,000 MW of hydropower for Angola


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and a delegation of energy and business officials scheduled a stop in Angola June 26, 2009, just days after a Russian ambassador pledged funds to finance two Angolan hydroelectric projects totaling 2,000 MW.

Teck to sell third of 490-MW Waneta Dam to BC Hydro


Teck Resources Ltd. has agreed to sell a one-third stake in its 490-MW Waneta Dam in British Columbia to province-owned utility BC Hydro for C$825 million (US$714.4 million).

Canada utility opens weir, part of 3.6-MW Hound Chute redevelopment


Ontario Power Generation officially opened Obermeyer Weir, part of the redevelopment of the 3.6-MW Hound Chute hydroelectric project on Ontario’s Lower Montreal River.

Nepal seeks civil construction of 30-MW Rahughat hydro


Nepal Electricity Authority invites applications for pre-qualification for civil construction of the 30-MW Rahughat hydroelectric project on Nepal’s Rahughat River.

El Salvador awards construction supervision for 67-MW El Chaparral


El Salvador utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa has awarded a contract for supervision of construction of the 67-MW El Chaparral hydroelectric project on El Salvador’s Torola River.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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