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U.S. extends call for relays, switchgear for 21.5-MW St. Marys Falls hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to replace protective relays and switchgear/motor control assemblies at the 21.5-MW St. Marys Falls hydro project on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Keeyask hydroelectric power project

Canada utility seeks isolated phase bus for 695-MW Keeyask hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to supply isolated phase bus for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project.

Sweet Success: Rehabilitating Governor Controls at a Century-Old Facility


Upgrading from mechanical to digital controls on venerable hydroelectric generation units optimizes operation and reliability.

U.S. seeks relays, switchgear for 21.5-MW St. Marys Falls hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to replace protective relays and switchgear/motor control assemblies at the 21.5-MW St. Marys Falls hydro project on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

U.S. seeks gate control system upgrade at Pennsylvania's Braddock Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to upgrade the gate control system of Braddock Dam in Pennsylvania.

U.S. seeks firms for governor replacement at up to four hydro projects


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to replace governor systems at up to four hydroelectric projects in the southeastern U.S. 

BC Hydro seeks climate, hydrometric monitoring in British Columbia


Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to service 108 climate, snow, and hydrometric stations across British Columbia.

Nicaragua seeks equipment for rehab of two 50-MW hydro projects


Nicaragua utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (Enel) seeks bids to supply plant equipment for rehabilitation of the 50-MW Centroamerica and 50-MW Carlos Fonseca hydroelectric projects on Nicaragua's Viejo River.

Alstom wins contract for 28.5-MW Minidoka hydropower plant turbine overhaul


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Alstom Power Inc. to overhaul two turbines at the Allen E. Inman power plant at the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydroelectric plant.

Tarbela Hydropower Project

Pakistan seeks power swing control for 3,480-MW Tarbela Dam, electrical equipment for 1,410-MW Tarbela 4


Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) seeks bids to supply compressors for controlling a power swing phenomenon of turbines at the 3,480-MW Tarbela Dam hydroelectric project on the Indus River.

Swiss utility seeks turbine-generator for 2.7-MW Realp 2 small hydro project


Swiss utility Elektrizitatswerk Ursern seeks bids to supply a turbine-generator and other equipment for the 2.7-MW Realp 2 small hydropower project at Realp, Switzerland.

Amistad Dam crane accident

Two workers missing after crane accident at Amistad Dam


Two employees of the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission are missing after a crane accident occurred on Wednesday, April 29 at Amistad Dam. 

U.S. seeks governor installation at nine Northwest hydro plants


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to install new digital governors at nine Corps hydroelectric projects in the Corps' Portland and Walla Walla districts.

Voith to modernize three Italian small hydropower plants


Voith Hydro has been awarded contracts to upgrade and rehabilitate generating units at three Italian hydropower projects.

French water utility seeks turbine-generator rehab at 1.8-MW Merwent Dam hydro project


A French municipal water supplier seeks bids to refurbish turbine-generators, controls, valves, transformers and other equipment of the 1.8-MW Merwent Dam hydroelectric project in France's Vendee Department.

Golovnaya Hydropower Plant

Tajikistan seeks rehab construction of 240-MW Golovnaya hydro project


Utility Barki Tojik Joint Stock Holding Co. seeks bids for construction and completion of the rehabilitation of Tajikistan's 240-MW Golovnaya hydropower project.

U.S. seeks fiber-optic, controls upgrade at 94.5-MW Flatiron hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to replace copper control and communications cables and equipment between the 94.5-MW Flatiron hydroelectric project, the Carter Lake shaft house and related facilities in Colorado.

Hungry Horse Hydropower Plant

U.S. seeks flowmeters for four penstocks at 428-MW Hungry Horse hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to supply four ultrasonic flowmeter systems at the 428-MW Hungry Horse Dam hydropower project in Montana.

Scate Automation SAS wins bid for 9-MW Naussac hydropower plant control overhaul


Scate Automation SAS has been awarded a US$711,243 contract to modernize the command control system at the 9-MW Naussac hydropower plant in France's Loire River Basin.

France's VNF awards contract for Plancher-Bas Dam rehabilitation


France's navigable waterways agency, Voies Navigables de France (VNF), has awarded a contract to the consortium Groupement Peduzzi/Rouby/Gomez to rehabilitate the Plancher-Bas Dam on the Rahin River in France.

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