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Norway water, energy agency seeks dam safety consultants


The Norwegian water resources and energy directorate seeks bids from firms to provide dam safety and security consultancy under framework agreements with the agency.

Record rainfall straining infrastructure in American southwest


Rains brought by Hurricane Norbert are causing record flooding in the southwestern United States, straining dams in Arizona and Nevada, sources report.

U.S. extends, suspends bidding for switchyard upgrades at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline, and put bidding on temporary hold, to upgrade the switchyard at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

Alstom supplies equipment for hydro projects in Canada, Bhutan


Electrical equipment manufacturer Alstom has received major contracts to supply a transmission link for Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower development and transformers for Bhutan's 720-MW Mangdechhu hydro project.

U.S. seeks engineering for critical infrastructure, dam safety programs


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks applications for pre-qualification for hydraulic/hydrological engineering, modeling and design to support Corps critical infrastructure and dam safety programs.

Montana PSC approves PPL sale of 11 hydropower plants to NorthWestern Energy


The Montana Public Service Commission has approved PPL Montana's sale of 11 hydroelectric plants totaling 663 MW to NorthWestern Energy.

U.S. awards gate repair contract for Raystown Dam in Pennsylvania


R. Zoppo Corp. has received a $1.4 million contract to repair tainter gates at Raystown Lake Dam on the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River at Hesston.

French engineer seeks turbine renovation at 4-MW Bazacle hydro project


Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium seeks bids to renovate turbines and ancillary equipment of the 4-MW Bazacle hydroelectric project on France's Garonne River.

Iberdrola modernizes 45 small hydro projects in Spain


Spanish utility Iberdrola reports it has modernized 45 of its 92 small hydropower projects in Spain over the last three years.

Mainstream Energy approves studies for Nigerian hydropower project rehabilitation


Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd. has approved feasibility studies for the reconstruction of Nigeria's 750-MW Kainji and 578-MW Jebba hydropower projects, JSC RusHydro subsidiary RusHydro International AG announced.

U.S. extends bidding for dam safety construction at Pine Creek Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to perform dam safety civil construction at Pine Creek Dam on Little River in McCurtain County, Okla.

Deadline for HydroVision Brasil 2014 Projects of the Year nominations ends September 10


PennWell do Brasil, organizer of Power Brasil Events, is still accepting Projects of the Year submissions for HydroVision Brasil, POWER-GEN Brasil and Distribu-TECH Brasil.

Hepler joins Schnabel Engineering


Thomas E. Hepler, P.E., is now working for Schnabel Engineering.

French utility seeks power tunnel, penstock rehab at 34-MW Sabart hydro project


Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to rehabilitate the power tunnel and replace penstock sections and the discharge conduit of the 34-MW Sabart hydroelectric project in France.

Kiewit wins spillway channel excavation work at Canton Lake Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. to perform the remaining excavation that will allow flows into a new auxiliary spillway at Canton Lake Dam on the North Canadian River in Oklahoma.

Canada utility seeks wicket gates refurbishment at 133-MW Great Falls hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to refurbish turbine wicket gates at the 133-MW Great Falls hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan advance water, impact studies of 6,000-MW Grand Renaissance hydro project


Water ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed to establish a committee to study water resources and socio-environmental effects related to the 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction in Ethiopia.

Afghans seek O&M training, area electrification for 100-MW Naghlu hydro rehabilitation project


Afghanistan national utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide operations and maintenance training for staff of the 100-MW Naghlu hydroelectric project, which is being rehabilitated on Afghanistan's Kabul River.

U.S. awards $132 million contract for dam safety cutoff wall at East Branch Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to Layne Christensen Co. for dam safety work to construct a deep cutoff wall at East Branch Dam on the East Branch Clarion River in Pennsylvania.

U.S. boundary commission seeks excitation system for 132-MW Amistad


The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission seeks bids to replace the excitation system of two 33-MW turbine-generators in the U.S. power plant at 132-MW Amistad Dam at Del Rio, Texas.

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