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Developer receives approval for 49.4-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage project


The Gwynedd Council has granted the Quarry Battery Company (QBC) planning permission to develop a 49.4-MW pumped-storage hydroelectric plant on the site of the former Glyn Rhonwy slate mine in Wales.

ERC approves SNAP-Benguet's 125.8-MW Binga hydropower project upgrades


The Philippines' Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has granted a certificate of compliance to SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet for the operation of all four turbine units at the 125.8-MW Binga hydropower plant.

HRW Briefings


A System to Optimize Plant Production


By Marcelo Marcel Cordova, Fernando Antonio Camargo Ribas, Vitor Luiz de Matos and Fabio Renato Martins
A new method is being tested at the Ita plant in Brazil to provide long-term production optimization of hydropower plants, using setpoints provided by the independent system operator.

Small Hydro


Pakistan renews solicitation for EPC construction of 300-kW Winder Dam



Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) seeks bids for civil construction and steel work of 300-kW Winder Dam on an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis.

Pakistan seeks management consultant for construction of 150-kW Ghabir Dam


Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites expressions of interest for management consultant services for the construction of 150-kW Ghabir Dam on Pakistan's Ghabir River.



Mundon joins wave developer Oscilla Power

Dam Safety & Security


Isabella Dam undamaged after earthquake

Cost-Effective Passage Design for High-Head Hydro Facilities


A new fish passage design developed specifically for high-head hydroelectric plants uses controlled decompression to minimize fish injury during passage. This design is also less expensive than the traditional downstream passage alternatives.

Sinkholes and Seepage: Embankment Repair at Hat Creek 1


When a sinkhole caused a seepage issue at the Hat Creek No. 1 forebay, a geotechnical investigation and a unique engineering solution were required to design and construct a solution to the problem that would prevent future sinkholes and seepage.

Hydro Currents


President Obama signs pair of hydropower bills

NIEA awards contract for historic hydropower project restoration


The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has awarded a US$1.99 million contract to Farrans (Construction) Ltd. to restore a historic hydroelectric project at Roe Valley Country Park in Limavady, County Londonberry.

U.S. again extends dam safety cutoff wall bidding for East Branch Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a further extension of the bidding deadline for dam safety work to construct a deep cutoff wall at East Branch Dam on the East Branch Clarion River in Pennsylvania.

Liberia seeks to refurbish gates, penstocks at 60- to 80-MW Mount Coffee hydro project


The government of Liberia invites applications for pre-qualification to refurbish or install new gates, penstocks, and other hydraulic steelwork at the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project in Liberia.

U.S. again extends bidding for dam safety seepage barrier at Ohio's Bolivar Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again extended the deadline for bids to construct a dam safety seepage barrier at Bolivar Dam, a flood control structure in northeastern Ohio.

Kenya seeks design, construction supervision of Thwake water resources project


Kenya's Tanathi Water Services Board invites expressions of interest from consultants for design review and construction supervision of the Thwake multi-purpose water resources project.

ACS wins contract for Ontario's 19-MW White River hydropower project


Spain's Actividades de Construccion y Servicios (ACS) has been selected to construct the 19-MW White River hydropower project in northern Ontario, the company's Canadian unit said.

HydroVision Brasil extends Hydroelectric Projects of the Year nomination deadline


The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines have extended the deadline to nominate hydropower projects for the HYdroVision Brasil 2013 Projects of the Year program.

Golder Associates wins Corps geotechnical design and engineering contract


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth a maximum of US$5 million to Golder Associates for geotechnical design and engineering services for the Corps' Alaska Division and other areas of the Corps' Pacific Ocean Division.

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