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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.

American Governor awarded contract for McNary hydropower plant equipment rehab


American Governor Co. has been awarded a contract from Olsson Industrial Electric for rehabilitation work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 980-MW McNary hydropower project.

U.S. seeks governor installation at 810-MW Little Goose hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to install new digital governors at the 810-MW Little Goose hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Washington.

U.S. seeks penstock flowmeter replacement at eight hydro projects


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to replace penstock flowmeters at eight hydroelectric projects in its northern and central California areas.

Parker Hannifin introduces portable purification system for hydropower projects


Equipment manufacturer Parker Hannifin released a new portable purification system with applications in the hydroelectric power sector at the recent POWER-GEN International conference and exhibition in Orlando.

Eaton wins contract for Vermont small hydropower plant control rehab


Generating technology manufacturer Eaton Corporation has won a contract to update power and control systems at Green Mountain Power's 6.9-MW Proctor hydropower project in Vermont.

Consolidating a Varied Generating Fleet


Learn how Canadian utility SaskPower integrated its hydro and non-hydro generating assets under one management system using Hatch's Vista Decision Support System.

U.S. seeks firms to replace governors at six Missouri River hydro projects


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to manufacture and supply up to 36 digital governors to six major hydroelectric projects on the Missouri River.

American Governor wins industry honor from SmartCEO


Hydroelectric power technology manufacturer American Governor Co. has been honored by SmartCEO magazine as the recipient of its 2014 Circle of Excellence Award in Manufacturing.

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