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India's BHEL to equip 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydro project

10/30/2014

THDC India Ltd. has named Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 444-MW Vishnugad Pipalkoti hydroelectric project on India's Alaknanda River.

Pakistan seeks transformers for switchyard units of 3,480-MW Tarbela hydro project

10/30/2014

Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) seeks bids to supply capacitance-coupled voltage transformers (CCVT) for switchyard Units 11-14 of the 3,480-MW Tarbela hydroelectric project on the Indus River.

Maine names Kleinschmidt, ORPC, TRC to inventory hydropower potential

10/30/2014

The Governor's Energy Office has named Kleinschmidt Associates, in partnership with hydrokinetic developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. and engineering firm TRC, to update Maine's inventory of undeveloped hydropower potential.

U.S. eyes labor agreements for hydro turbine work at 603-MW Ice Harbor, 980-MW McNary dams

10/30/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is surveying whether it would be appropriate to use Project Labor Agreements for major hydropower turbine supply or installation at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River or at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

Opposition to proposed hydroelectric 260-MW Stung Cheay Areng Dam in “biodiversity jewel” of Southeast Asia

10/29/2014

Using Chinese-backed funding, 260-MW Stung Cheay Areng Dam in Cheay Areng Valley, Cambodia, along the Mekong Delta is planned for an area that is often referred to as a “biodiversity jewel” of Southeast Asia. However, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local residents and researchers are expressing opposition to the project based on possible ecological risks the dam may create.

Stender leaves NAES, forms consulting company

10/29/2014

John Stender, former director of business development with NAES Power Contractors, is now chief executive officer of Beacon Hills Consulting Services. 

Brazil’s hydroelectric facilities almost dry due to drought

10/29/2014

Opinions vary and scientific data mounts as to why Sao Paulo, Brazil, is experiencing one of the country’s most severe droughts in recorded history. But, all affected by the drought agree – many of the hydroelectric facilities that serve Sao Paulo are below 10% capacity. 

Bank trains Laos hydropower operator in environmental, social management

10/29/2014

The World Bank's International Finance Corp. (IFC) is helping train Laos' largest hydropower operator, EDL-Generation Public Co., to improve its management of environmental and social risks.

Jacobs Associates, McMillen LLC announce merger plan

10/29/2014

San Francisco-based engineering and consulting firm Jacobs Associates and Boise, Idaho-based engineering and construction firm McMillen LLC announced plans to merge, forming McMillen Jacobs Associates.

DR Congo seeks staff recruitment for agency to promote Inga hydropower complex

10/29/2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from firms to recruit staff for the agency tasked with development and promotion of the estimated 42,000-MW Inga hydroelectric complex on the DRC's Congo River.

U.S. awards gate fabrication contract for Montgomery Locks and Dam

10/29/2014

Steward Machine Co. Inc. has received a $4 million contract to fabricate replacement gates for the Corps' Montgomery Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Beaver, Pa.

U.S. seeks firms for gantry crane testing at 43.5-MW Jim Woodruff hydro project

10/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to load test two gantry cranes at 43.5-MW Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam on the Florida-Georgia border.

Study: Current dam operation in California could be bad for native fish species

10/28/2014

Results of a recent study identified 181 dams in California most in need of attention to protect fish, particularly native species. 

EU on track to meet 2020 renewable energy targets

10/28/2014

Greenhouse gas emissions within the European Union fell by almost 2% between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU close to its 2020 reduction target, according to data released this week by the European Environment Agency.

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.

Brazil state grants environmental license to 807.5-MW Tres Irmaos hydro project

10/28/2014

State environmental regulator Companhia Ambiental do Estado de Sao Paulo has issued an environmental operating license to a unit of Triunfo Participacoes e Investimentos S.A., allowing it to operate the 807.5-MW Tres Irmaos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tiete River.

BC Hydro extends call for engineering of dams, spillways, penstocks

10/28/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for proposals from engineering consulting firms to engineer water retention and conveyance structures over at least seven years for the hydropower utility.

GRDA celebrates 50 years of hydroelectricity at the 130-MW Robert S. Kerr Dam (Video)

10/28/2014

“Grand indeed,” is what many attendees said while in attendance at the Grand River Dam Authority’s 130-MW Robert S. Kerr Dam at Lake Hudson in Mayes County, north of Locust Grove, Okla. The facility marked its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 25. 

DR Congo seeks strategic economic, social study of Inga hydropower complex

10/27/2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest to perform a strategic environmental and social study of the anticipated effects of developing the estimated 42,000-MW Inga hydroelectric complex on the DRC's Congo River.

Two hydro projects win Projects of the Year awards at HydroVision Brasil 2014

10/27/2014

The editors of HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide and Hydro Review magazines congratulate the two winners in the 2014 Hydro Projects of the Year awards program, presented last week during HydroVision Brasil in Sao Paulo. 

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