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Voith Hydro celebrates strong 2014 supplying hydroelectric generating facilities worldwide


It has been an eventful year for Voith Hydro Inc., which supplies equipment to hydroelectric generating facilities worldwide and employs more than 700 people at its hydropower manufacturing facility in York, Pa.  


Contract awarded to build US$35.3 million Moreau hydroelectric project in Guadeloupe


On Dec. 11, the Conseil General de la Guadeloupe awarded a US$35.3 million contract to Gaddarkhan consortium leader and son: Gaddarkhan et Fils/Getelec TP/Antilles Geotechnique of Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe, to build Moreau Dam on Basse-Terre in the commune of Goyave.

Dam safety: Repair, decommission or mitigate risk?


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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U.S. seeks geospatial data system for Corps' Bluestone Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest to create a geospatial data management system for Bluestone Dam on the New River in West Virginia. Responses are due Jan. 9, 2015. 

Bulgaria seeks contractors to refurbish 700-kW Studena Dam hydro project


Bulgaria's Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW) invites applications for pre-qualification to rehabilitate civil, mechanical and electrical works of 700-kW Studena Dam. Responses are due January 12, 2015. 

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Infinis sells small hydro plant portfolio to Dwy Cymru Welsh Water, H2O Power Limited


Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is acquiring small hydro plants from Infinis Energy and H2O Power Limited Partnership will acquire the remaining hydropower sites, in deals valued at a total of £20.5 million (US$31.9 million).

U.S. extends bidding for gantry crane at Idaho's Ririe Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline for bids to supply and install a five-ton monorail gantry crane at Ririe Dam on Willow Creek in Idaho. A new site visit is scheduled Jan. 15, with bids due Jan. 30, 2015. 

700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric power project

Nigeria’s US$1.3 billion 700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric project deals with challenges


At one point, legal challenges from vested interests were slowing work at the 700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric project in Nigeria that was first begun in 2013, according to Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil. However, the execution of an amended bill might allow the US$1.3 billion project to move forward.

FERC EIS endorses relicensing Drum-Spaulding, Yuba-Bear hydro projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a final combined environmental impact statement that endorses dividing the Drum-Spaulding hydroelectric project into three projects totaling 191.5 MW and relicensing them plus the nearby Yuba-Bear hydro project of 90.72 MW. 


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


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. 

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At least it isn't "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"


I suppose I did not realize the absurdity of what might be one of Oklahoma's more revered holiday traditions until this weekend when, whilst standing next to a gentleman I'd later learn was visiting from Virginia, dozens in a local watering hole spontaneously broke out in belting the BC Clark Anniversary Sale jingle.


Russian US$2.6 billion investment helps put 3,000-MW Boguchany hydroelectric power plant online


Officials from Russia’s Boguchany Energy and Metals Complex (BEMO) announced its joint project between UC RUSAL and RusHydro is generating hydroelectric power. The project’s 3,000-MW Boguchany hydroelectric power plant (Boguchany HPP) on the Angara River in Kodinsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Siberia, Russia, is complete after its ninth and final generator was commissioned, Dec. 22.  

Nile Lakes states seek fish studies for 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydro project


Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to perform fish studies for the proposed 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River. Responses are due January 9, 2015. 

U.S. extends bidding for bridge crane rehabilitation at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids for mechanical and structural rehabilitation of bridge cranes and a lifting beam at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota. Questions may be submitted by Jan. 5 with bids now due Jan. 14, 2015. 

Chihuido I hydroelectric project

Russian-backed Argentine-Spanish consortium funds US$1.84 billion, 637-MW Chihuido I hydro


Argentina's Planning Ministry awarded the 637-MW Chihuido I hydroelectric project to an Argentine-Spanish consortium backed by Russian financing, which will require a US$1.84 billion investment. Minister of Planning and Public Investment Julio de Vido and Minister of Economy Axel Kicillof made the announcement, Dec. 22. 

Kyrgyzstan extends call for development of two small hydro projects


The government of Kyrgyzstan has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to design, build and operate two small hydro projects in the Central Asian nation.

Enerquip wins contract for trashrack supply at 30-MW Ramfoss hydropower plant


Norwegian operator Ramfoss Kraftlag has awarded a contract to Enerquip AS to supply a trash rake for the 30-MW Ramfoss hydroelectric plant.

U.S. extends call for biological services firms for hydro projects in Northwest


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for information on firms able to provide biological services and quality assurance for its juvenile fish transportation program at five hydroelectric projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers in the Pacific Northwest.

Kerr joins hydropower team of HDR

HDR adds Kerr to Pacific Northwest hydropower team


Jim Kerr has joined HDR as senior hydro-mechanical engineer in the consulting company’s hydropower team. 


Sakartvelos Banki invests US$45 million in Georgia’s hydroelectric future


Sakartvelos Banki (Bank of Georgia) announced it is investing US$45 million in the 30-MW Mestia Chaladidi hydroelectric project on the Mestiachala River, which will use water from the Chaladi Glacier in Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia.  

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