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Proper attention to dam safety is vital to protect downstream life, property and habitat. Safety concerns include sinkholes, seepage, internal erosion and seismic issues.

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Fire starts in Asia’s only underground switchyard, housed at India’s 120-MW Sanjay Vidyut Pariyojna hydroelectric project

01/23/2015

Indian media sources say fire broke out in transformer units within the underground switchyard of the 120-MW Sanjay Vidyut Pariyojna hydroelectric project about 3:30 a.m. local time, Jan. 22, at the facility located in the district of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India.  

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Bomb threat received at 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project work site

01/22/2015

A bomb threat called into the construction site of the 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project on Jan. 19 forced authorities to evacuate the Manitoba Hydro property, according to reports by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). 

Dam safety and rehabilitation at 1,050-MW Kariba hydroelectric project require about US$300 million

01/16/2015

After being constructed on the Zambezi River between 1956 and 1959 by the then-Federation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi), the dam impounding water for the 1,050-MW Kariba project requires an estimated US$300 million for rehabilitation to continue safe operation, according to the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA). 

U.S. extends call for dam safety geotechnical, drilling work

01/12/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Huntington District has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to perform dam safety geotechnical and drilling work at Corps facilities throughout the United States.

Grant PUD raises water levels behind Wanapum Dam amidst ongoing repairs

01/09/2015

Ongoing repairs a the Wanapum Dam in Washington have allowed the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to reopen most of the reservoir's shoreline to the public earlier this week.

Every coin has two sides: Can dam site personnel survive the UAV tsunami?

01/08/2015

One of the phrases I tend to overuse, “Every coin has two sides,” is appropriate as it relates to the approaching tsunami of potentially efficient uses for unmanned aerial vehicles.  

Kenya seeks consultants for dam safety panel to oversee dam construction

01/08/2015

The government of Kenya invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve on a dam safety panel of experts to oversee construction of dam and reservoir projects in Kenya.

Dam Safety & Security

01/06/2015

Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

U.S. seeks dam safety geotechnical, drilling work

01/02/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Huntington District invites expressions of interest to perform dam safety geotechnical and drilling work at Corps facilities throughout the United States.

Nigeria seeks dam safety experts to review seven dams, reservoir

01/02/2015

The government of Nigeria invites expressions of interest from dam safety experts to serve on a panel to review and advise on dam safety and other critical aspects of seven dams and a reservoir in Nigeria.

Dam safety: Repair, decommission or mitigate risk?

12/31/2014

Should systems within aging hydroelectric facilities be repaired, decommissioned or something in between? Site-specific procedures mitigate dam safety issues at two hydroelectric power plant facilities in the Pacific Northwest, 23.2-MW Leaburg-Walterville on the McKenzie River in Eugene, Ore., and 175-MW Jordan River on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

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Construction suspended at a 23-MW hydroelectric power plant in Vietnam

12/29/2014

Tunnel building at a 23-MW hydroelectric power plant being constructed on the Da Dang River in the province of Lam Dong, Vietnam, is suspended pending investigation into the confirmed cause of a tunnel collapse at the site on Dec. 16. 

12 workers rescued at Vietnam's Da Dan-Da Chomo hydropower plant

12/19/2014

A dozen workers trapped inside a collapsed tunnel at the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant have been rescued, officials in Vietnam's Lam Dong province said.

Preventing Problems through Past Experience

12/19/2014

With the potential for disaster at hydropower projects around the world, the lack of organized training programs becomes a prominent consideration in how companies manage their assets.

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Tunnel collapses at US$22.4 million Da Dang-Da Chromo hydroelectric project

12/17/2014

A tunnel collapse at the site of the US$22.4 million Da Dang-Da Chromo hydroelectric project on the Da Dang River in the province of Lam Dong, Vietnam, at 7 a.m. yesterday trapped 12 workers, according to local news sources onsite.

U.S. seeks firms for bank stabilization at 198.72-MW Folsom Dam

12/11/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to stabilize the right bank of the American River about 1,000 feet downstream from 198.72-MW Folsom Dam in California.

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BC Hydro releases “best-in-class” plan for calculating earthquake hazards

12/10/2014

In a Dec. 5 announcement, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) said it now has a “best-in-class” method for calculating earthquake hazards for utilities and a “first-of-its-kind” model for application within the North American hydropower industry.  

Dam Safety & Security

12/05/2014

Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

Senegal River agency seeks dam safety, environmental panel

12/04/2014

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve on an expert panel on dam safety monitoring and environmental and social management in the Senegal Basin.

U.S. sets industry day on dam safety work at 135-MW Center Hill Dam

12/01/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued draft technical plans and scheduled an industry day about a proposed roller-compacted-concrete berm to reinforce an earthen saddle dam at 135-MW Center Hill Dam in Tennessee. Registration is due Dec. 12 for the Dec. 16 industry day and site visit. 

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