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Hydro Research Foundation accepting nominations for 2013 Fellowship Program


The Hydro Research Foundation is now accepting applications for its Hydro Fellowship Program.

Pakistan seeks survey, design of transmission for 4,320-MW Dasu


Pakistan's National Transmission and Dispatch Co. (NTDC) invites expressions of interest to perform geotechnical investigations, route mapping, and engineering design of transmission lines to interconnect the 4,320-MW Dasu hydroelectric project to be built on the Indus River in Pakistan. 

Minesto launching next round of ocean power tests soon


Hydrokinetic energy company Minesto will soon begin a new round of testing with its "Deep Green" technology, has learned.

Costa Rica seeks study of ocean energy potential


Government utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) seeks bids from consultants to determine Costa Rica's ocean energy potential for electricity generation.

Eco Wave Power, Ocean University of China teaming up for hydrokinetic development


Hydrokinetic energy company Eco Wave Power and the Ocean University of China have signed a memorandum of understanding that could see the first commercial-scale implementation of EWP technologies.

Burundi seeks studies of 32-MW Jiji, 17-MW Mulembwe


Burundi's water and electric utility invites expressions of interest from firms to perform environmental and social impact studies of the proposed 32-MW Jiji and 17-MW Mulembwe hydroelectric projects and a related transmission line in Burundi's Bururi Province.

Reclamation awards contract for work in five northwestern states


Pacific Geomatic Services Inc. has won a US$2 million contract for surveying services related to Bureau of Reclamation water resources facilities in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming.

EA opens new office in Ann Arbor


EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. has announced the opening of a new office in Ann Arbor.

Bank seeks consultant for Laos hydro developers working group


The World Bank's International Finance Corp. (IFC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to facilitate a Hydropower Developers Working Group in Laos.

Normandeau Associates wins contract for fish counting at eight Corps hydroelectric plants


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$3.1 million contract to Normandeau Associates Inc. to perform fish counting services at eight federal hydropower project along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

ACORE renewable energy report shows hydropower impact state-by-state


The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has published a state-by-state survey of renewable energy resources, including the impact hydropower has in terms of capacity and generation.

Peru seeks more studies of small and medium-sized hydro projects


Peru's energy and mines ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop socio-environmental studies for small and medium-sized hydropower projects in Peru.

Peru's potential for hydroelectric development strong, says report


A recent study by industry and market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan says Peru has the third highest hydropower generating potential in South America, giving the country an opportunity to be a regional hub of electrical production.

Costa Rica seeks geologic risk analysis for 200-MW Savegre


Costa Rica utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) seeks bids for geological and geotechnical risk analysis of the underground works of the 200-MW Savegre hydroelectric project proposed for Costa Rica's Savegre River.

Peru seeks studies of small and medium-sized hydro projects


Peru's energy and mines ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform technical and economic pre-feasibility studies of small and medium-sized hydropower projects in Peru.

BC Hydro seeks renewables projects on Haida Gwaii islands


BC Hydro invites expressions of interest from potential developers of renewable energy projects, including hydropower, on Haida Gwaii in western British Columbia.

Lender seeks feasibility study of Rwanda's 3-MW Nyundo


International lender Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a feasibility study of the 3-MW Nyundo hydroelectric project in Gakenke District of Rwanda's Northern Province.

Corps' aging hydroelectric infrastructure underfunded, new report says


A report from the National Research Council's Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources, Engineering and Planning concludes that the federal government is underfunding hydropower projects.

Tajikistan seeks consultants to advance 3,600-MW Rogun


Tajikistan utility Barki Tojik invites expressions of interest from consultants for procurement and for construction of the 3,600-MW Rogun hydroelectric project on Tajikistan's Vakhsh River.

Testing and Validation of Hydro Turbine Shaft Seals


Extending the performance envelope of turbine shaft seals in hydropower applications offers opportunities to reduce leakage and improve reliability.

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