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

01/20/2015

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

01/12/2015

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

01/08/2015

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

01/05/2015

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

12/15/2014

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

12/10/2014

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.

Command, control systems sought for six French hydro projects

12/04/2014

Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium seeks bids to renovate the command and control systems of six hydroelectric projects operated by Electricite de France on the lower Maulde River in France.

Ukraine seeks rehab of control, protection systems for 444-MW Kaniv hydro project

11/26/2014

PJSC UkrHydroEnergo seeks bids for rehabilitation of control and protection systems of the 444-MW Kaniv hydroelectric project on Ukraine's Dnieper River.

Testing a Power System Frequency Control Product

11/19/2014

Hydro-Québec in Canada and Svenska Kraftnät in Sweden have used a new power system frequency control test bench to accurately model the prime mover and speed governor of a synchronous generator.

U.S. seek firms to install governors at 810-MW Little Goose hydro project

11/05/2014

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

Finland firm to provide automation, electrical work to upgrade 72-MW Harjavalta hydro project

10/23/2014

Project operator Lansi-Suomen Voima Oy has awarded a contract to equipment supplier VEO to supply automation and electrical systems for upgrade of the 72-MW Harjavalta hydropower project in Finland to 110 MW.

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Reversible PTFE thrust bearing commissioned at OPG plant, a first in North America

10/22/2014

This month, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) commissioned the first successfully reversible polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thrust bearing in North America at the 175-MW Sir Adam Beck Pump Storage Generating Station, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, according to OPG officials. 

BC Hydro upgrades canal, replaces switchgear at two hydro projects

10/21/2014

BC Hydro crews have drained Kootenay Canal in order to upgrade the canal lining at the 572.2-MW Kootenay Canal hydroelectric project in British Columbia. 

U.S. to seek rewinds for 86.4-MW Blue Mesa, excitation for three hydro projects

10/20/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation plans to seek bids to rewind two generators at the 86.4-MW Blue Mesa hydropower plant and to supply excitation systems for Blue Mesa and two other hydro plants in the 1,747.184-MW Colorado River Storage Project. 

New York Power Authority’s 2,525-MW Niagara Power Project

NYPA awards $5.3 million for infrastructure rehabilitation at two hydropower facilities

10/20/2014

Infrastructure rehabilitation is headed to the east coast after Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) was awarded a $4.9 million contract and Hatch Associates Consultants Inc. received a contract for $434,600 from the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

Canada utility seeks governors for 695-MW Keeyask hydro project

10/16/2014

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to supply governors for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project being built on the Lower Nelson River in Manitoba.

Lessons Learned: Spurious SCADA

10/10/2014

George was annoyed. Almost every hydroelectric power project he had worked on over the past 20-odd years experienced problems with the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, always detected when the system was being commissioned.

U.S. expands query for firms to install governors at 11 Northwest hydro plants

10/03/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for information on firms able to install new digital governors at 11 Corps hydroelectric projects in the Portland, Seattle and Walla Walla districts.

DR Congo seeks satellite network, drilling, monitoring gear for Inga hydropower complex

10/03/2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids to supply a utility satellite broadband network as well as exploratory drilling and monitoring instrumentation for the Inga hydroelectric complex being developed on the DRC's Congo River.

Haiti seeks instrumentation for 54-MW Peligre, Canneau dams

09/29/2014

Haiti's agriculture ministry seeks bids to supply gages and monitoring instrumentation at the 54-MW Peligre Dam hydroelectric project and at Canneau Dam on Haiti's Artibonite River.

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