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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 shuts down powerhouse at 240-MW Uri-II hydroelectric project in India

11/21/2014

A transformer ignited a fire in the main powerhouse of the 240-MW Uri-II hydroelectric project in the district of Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), India, at 6 a.m. local time on Nov. 20. The fire destroyed part of the powerhouse and forced its four 60-MW generators to shut down at the US$450 million project.

Dam Safety & Security

11/20/2014

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

Pakistan seeks transformer fire protection for 3,480-MW Tarbela hydro project

11/19/2014

Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) seeks bids to supply a generator transformer fire protection system for Units 11-14 of the 3,480-MW Tarbela hydroelectric project on the Indus River.

Perspectives: STEM -- Just Another Hydro Acronym?

11/19/2014

In the hydroelectric industry, we love acronyms … FERC, O&M, R&D, NMFS, OSHA … and the list goes on.

U.S. seeks firms for dam safety drilling, grouting at Kentucky's Rough River Dam

11/06/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform dam safety exploratory drilling and grouting at Rough River Dam in Falls of Rough, Ky.

SSC demands reports on hydro projects in mountainous Uttarakhand, India

11/06/2014

On Nov. 4, Supreme Court of India (SSC) justices ordered the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) to submit environmental impact studies on existing hydro projects and studies on planned hydro projects in Uttarakhand, India. 

Seepage at TVA facility prompts dam safety inspection

11/05/2014

A sinkhole and seepage in October at the base of 81-kW Boone Lake Dam, a three-generator hydro facility operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) raised dam safety concerns and caused an early “drawdown and an abundance of caution.”

French municipality awards contracts for dam safety work on Meurthe River

11/04/2014

The municipality of Greater Nancy has awarded a US$27,777 contract to Axis Conseils Paugam to and $188,737 contract to Artelia Region for work on dams on the Meurthe River in France.

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.

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 for design of fire protection systems for the 479-MW Grand Rapids hydroelectric project in Manitoba. 

FERC names dam safety geotechnical engineering consultant

10/16/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has awarded a contract worth a maximum of $850,000 for a geotechnical engineering consultant to FERC's Division of Dam Safety and Inspections.

Dam safety work sought on plunge pool of Africa's Kariba Dam

10/14/2014

The European Development Fund invites 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.

NHA seeks nominations for 2015 Henwood Award

10/07/2014

The National Hydropower Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

Dam Safety and Security

09/26/2014

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

Area hydro projects shut down, endangered by California fire

09/26/2014

Several hydropower projects in California's Sierra Nevada shut down temporarily due to danger from a giant California wildfire but no major damage was reported to hydro facilities.

How Canada Deals with Dam Safety Issues

09/25/2014

Canada's push toward the use of a risk-informed approach to dam safety

Upgrading Hebgen Dam to Withstand a Potential Second Earthquake

09/25/2014

Upgrade bring Hebgen Dam up to modern seismic design standards

RusHydro completes stabilization work on 840-MW Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant

09/24/2014

Russian energy giant JSC RusHydro has completed stabilization work on the Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant.

Canada hydro utility seeks consulting engineering services

09/23/2014

Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to provide consulting engineering services to its hydropower and other operations in Manitoba.

U.S. TVA draws down reservoir for dam safety seismic study of 160-MW Pickwick Landing Dam

09/17/2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority is accelerating the annual drawdown of the reservoir of 160-MW Pickwick Landing Dam in the Southeast United States for a dam safety seismic study.

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