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Hydroelectric Plant control, protection and automation equipment allow proper, often unmanned, operation of plants. Learn about contract awards and upgrade work planned.

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Learning from the Past, Embracing the Future

03/01/2010 We are publishing this issue of HRW just in time for the Russia Power Conference & Exhibition.

Alstom awarded Kusile power plant control system order in South Africa


France's Alstom, a leader in integrated energy management solutions for power plants, has won a contract worth EUR90 million (US$122.4 million) for the automation of Eskom’s latest thermal power plant project, Kusile. Alstom Power will engineer, supply and install its newest ALSPA Series 6 Distributed Control System.


Eaton switchgear wins product of the year honors


Plant Engineering magazine will present Eaton’s arc-resistant low voltage switchgear with a Product of the Year award for outstanding achievements in product design and innovation, Eaton Corp. announced.

Mavel supplies turbine, announces commissioning of Finland hydro project


Mavel, a.s. announced the successful commissioning of the Finnholm hydroelectric power plant, for which Mavel supplied a turbine.

CVEC buys 400-kW hydro plant


Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has agreed to buy a small hydroelectric plant on Virginia’s Rockfish River from Blue Sky Power.

Alstom offers ALSPA Series 6 technology in North America


Alstom’s Energy Management Business is offering its Series 6 suite of power plant control and automation technology to the North American market, the company reported.

Experience with Installing and Using Optimization Software

12/01/2009 By Andrew B. Spackman and Richard B. Allen
Mighty River Power in New Zealand uses optimization software to improve overall performance of its nine hydro facilities. Based on results and lessons learned from initial operations, the utility plans to investigate the expansion of functionality within the system.

ABB wins US$120 million hydropower contract


Swiss engineering company ABB Ltd. won a US$120 million contract from Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern AG for work on a pumped-storage project in eastern Switzerland.

U.S. seeks operating procedures update for 6,809-MW Grand Coulee


The Bureau of Reclamation plans to seek bids for technical writing to update standing operating procedures for the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee project in Washington.

HRW Briefings


SMALL HYDRO: Practical Development: The Story of 940-kW Onekaka

09/01/2009 Four small hydro enthusiasts applied ingenuity and practical thinking to bring the 940-kW Onekaka hydro project in New Zealand — abandoned in the 1950s — back to working order.

Ukraine seeks protection, controls for eight hydro plants


Ukraine utility OJSC UkrHydroEnergo seeks bids to supply protection and control systems for eight hydroelectric projects and the utility's hydro dispatching center.

Argentina, Paraguay extend SCADA bidding for 3,200-MW Yacyreta


The Argentina-Paraguay joint operator Entidad Binacional Yacyreta has extended the deadline for pre-qualification to supply a replacement generation control center for the 3,200-MW Yacyreta hydroelectric project on the Parana River.

ABB, Harbin equip expansion of 107-MW Machu Picchu


A consortium of ABB of Switzerland and Harbin Electric Machinery Co. Ltd. of China is supplying electro-mechanical equipment for rehabilitation and expansion of the 107-MW Machu Picchu hydroelectric project in Peru's Cusco Region to 206 MW.

India's NTPC seeks EM bids for 171-MW Lata Tapovan


India's NTPC Hydro Ltd. seeks bids for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of electro-mechanical equipment of the 171-MW Lata Tapovan hydroelectric project on the Alaknanda River in Uttarakhand State.

Alstom values Ecuador's 26.8-MW Ocana contract at US$12.6 million


Alstom Hydro announced June 9, 2009, that its generating equipment contract for Ecuador’s 26.8-MW Ocana hydroelectric project is valued at nearly 9 million euros (US$12.6 million).

Argentina, Paraguay seek SCADA system for 3,200-MW Yacyreta


The Argentina-Paraguay joint operator Entidad Binacional Yacyreta invites applications for pre-qualification to supply a replacement generation control center for the 3,200-MW Yacyreta hydroelectric project.

HRW Briefings


Coordinating Generator Protection and Controls: An Overview

03/01/2009 Keeping generators on line during a power system disturbance requires coordination of generator protection with generator controls.

Upgrading Controls Reduces Unit Downtime

10/01/2008 To reduce time needed to troubleshoot operational problems and to get units back on line quickly at seven of its eight hydro plants, Sacramento Municipal Utility District is converting to programmable logic controllers from hard-wired, relay-based logics.

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