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


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


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.

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


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


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.

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


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


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

Senegal River agency seeks dam safety, environmental panel


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


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. 

Norwegian utility issues US$110 million in green bonds to spark hydroelectric market growth


Long-term investments are the norm when it comes to hydroelectric projects and Nord Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk Energi AS (NTE) is maintaining the status quo. On Nov. 19, the Steinkjer, Norway-based utility issued US$110 million in green bonds to refinance four hydroelectric projects it purchased in 2004.

Spain basin agency seeks dam safety studies of nine dams


The agency governing water resources of Spain's Tajo River Basin seeks bids to perform dam safety studies of nine dams and reservoirs on three Spanish rivers.

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


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


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

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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. 

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