Rehabilitation & Repair

Rehabilitation and upgrading of existing hydro plants is vital to ensure the continued reliable operation of these valuable assets, in addition to increasing global hydroelectric generating capacity.

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Asbestos in Hydro Powerhouses: Challenges and Solutions


Asbestos is a fact of life in the majority of hydroelectric facilities in North America. Owners and operators of these projects discuss how they are dealing with asbestos on a day-to-day basis.

Corps sets industry day for emergency dam repair, infrastructure work in eastern U.S.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled an industry day on proposed emergency dam repair and other infrastructure work in the eastern United States.

How Hydro Facility Owners are "Doing More with Less"


Analysis of 10 years of data collected from owners and operators of hydroelectric facilities reveals several important trends. The common theme seems to be the need to do more with less, in regards to staffing, maintenance, support and more.

Modernization of the Ohio Falls Hydropower Plant


The 85-MW Ohio Falls hydropower plant in Kentucky is actively providing clean, renewable electricity in an area known for its coal-fired facilities. Currently, the plant is undergoing modernization to further make its imprint on the region's energy resource map.

Expansion complete at Germany's largest run-of-river hydropower project


Germany's largest run-of-river hydropower project is now in full operation, following the installation of a new turbine by utility Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG (EnBW).

U.S. seeks generator rotor refurbishment at 17.29-MW Green Springs hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for generator rotor refurbishment at the 17.29-MW Green Springs hydropower plant in Oregon.

PPL Montana celebrates completion of 60-MW Rainbow hydropower plant


Utility company PPL Montana officially dedicated its 60-MW Rainbow Dam hydropower plant with a ceremony that attracted state and local officials earlier this week.

Experts from Australia, Canada, France & U.S. to share viewpoints on hydroelectric generator maintenance


An international panel of experts will gather this month to discuss hydroelectric generator maintenance and other issues of concern to developers, owners and operators of all hydropower projects.

U.S. seeks bids to refurbish coating systems at Enders Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to refurbish metalwork coating systems at Enders Dam in Nebraska.

Swiss seek turbine-generator replacements at 27-MW Bramois hydro project


Contractor Hydro Exploitation SA seeks bids to replace turbine-generators of the 27-MW Bramois hydroelectric project on the Rhone River in Switzerland.

Iberdrola plans expansion of 32-MW San Pedro hydroelectric plant


Spanish utility Iberdrola has begun construction of a US$66.7 million extension project that will add 25 MW of installed capacity to the San Pedro hydroelectric plant.

U.S. extends bidding to install transformers, electrical equipment at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to install three generator step-up transformers and related electrical equipment at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River.

IDB funds upgrade studies for 1,890-MW Salto Grande hydropower plant


Financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will allow the Comision Tecnica Mixta Salto Grande (CTM) to study areas of potential improvements and modernization at the 1,890-MW Salto Grande hydroelectric plant.

Landsvirkjun awards contract for transformer work at 270-MW Burfell hydropower plant


Efacec Energia of Portugal has been awarded a contract worth US$19 million to supply generator step-up transformers for the 270-MW Burfell hydroelectric project on the Thjorsa River in southern Iceland.

U.S. again extends bidding to refurbish penstock gates at 120-MW Parker


The Bureau of Reclamation again extended the deadline for bids from small businesses to paint penstock gates and refurbish fixed-wheel gate assemblies at 120-MW Parker Dam on the Colorado River.

U.S. seeks switchyard circuit breaker installation at 600-MW Richard B. Russell pumped-storage


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to install replacement circuit breakers and to refurbish the switchyard of the 600-MW Richard B. Russell pumped-storage project on the Savannah River in Georgia.

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Malaysia looking to increase hydroelectric power capacity with rehab, new projects


Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has identified five sites that will help the Malaysian utility raise its hydroelectric power capacity from its current 1,900 MW to more than 3,000 MW by 2020, the company told Asian news sources.

French utility seeks bids to refurbish penstock at 445-MW Pouget hydro project


Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to refurbish and repair a penstock at the 445-MW Pouget hydroelectric project on the Tarn River in France's Aveyron Department.

Pakistan's 22-MW Jabban hydropower plant nears completion


Members from Pakistan and France were on hand at a ceremony inaugurating the 22-MW Jabban hydroelectric plant after a seven-year rehabilitation project was completed earlier this week.

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