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Electrical engineer sought for U.S. Corps cost center


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District seeks an electrical engineer to work in the district's National Cost Center of Expertise for Civil Works.

Zimbabwe, Zambia seek studies of 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge


The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) invites expressions of interest in performing a feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessments for the 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Corps awards contract for Northwestern environmental evaluations


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$5 million contract to Herrera Environmental Consultants Inc. for environmental services, sediment sampling and analysis in western Washington, western Oregon and southeastern Alaska.

FORCE invites proposals for additional developer in Minas Passage


Tidal energy testing is increasing in the Bay of Fundy, with Energy Minister Charlie Parker inviting a fourth tidal energy developer to contribute to the testing efforts in the Bay of Fundy.


French utility seeks inspection, monitoring of Vieux Pre pumped-storage


Utility Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to perform inspection and monitoring of the dam of the 11.8-MW Vieux Pre pumped-storage project in the Meurthe et Moselle Department of eastern France.

Ecuador seeks study of expanded 25-MW Ocana 2 project


Ecuador's investment agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to conduct feasibility studies of the 25-MW Ocana 2 hydroelectric project on Ecuador's Canar River.

Earthquakes still causing concern for Vietnam's 190-MW Song Tranh 2


Fallout from last week's earthquakes near Vietnam's Song Tranh 2 hydroelectric plant continues as both scientists and engineers work to quell concerns caused by the 190-MW project.

Seattle City Light biologist selected for salmon recovery advisory group


Ed Connor, an aquatic biologist from Northwestern utility Seattle City Light, has been selected for the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, has learned.

New construction materials consulting group ready for debut


Scott C. Nichols Consulting Group LLC has opened in Tucson to provide construction materials testing and inspection services to major dam projects across the globe, has learned.

El Salvador seeks study of 17-MW Ilopango-Aguacayo


Ingendehsa S.A. de C.V. seeks proposals from U.S. firms to perform a feasibility study of the 17-MW Ilopango-Aguacayo hydroelectric project on El Salvador's largest natural lake, Lake Ilopango.

Ocean Power Technologies preparing for next round of hydrokinetic unit testing


Hydrokinetic energy developer Ocean Power Technologies Inc. has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate to perform a new round of in-ocean tests with its APB-350 PowerBuoy wave energy system.

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Research indicates record salmon returns in Columbia River basin

Fish Passage: Positive Results from Fish Collection System at Round Butte Dam


Nearly 400,000 fish have migrated downstream past Round Butte Dam in Oregon since the beginning of 2010, indicating that the selective water withdrawal tower installed in the reservoir behind the dam in late 2009 has successfully restored fish passage from the Upper Deschutes River Basin.

U.S. seeks PIT tags for testing program in Pacific Northwest


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest in supplying passive integrated transponder tags over three years for research purposes of the Corps Northwestern Division's Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program.

Corps Cold Regions lab seeks support services


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks firms capable of providing a broad range of support services to its Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

Corps Hydroelectric Design Center to seek management study


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center plans to seek bids for development of an organizational management study of restructuring the center's Generic Maintenance Team.

Nigeria seeks inventory of hydropower sites in Niger, Benue basins


Power Holding Co. of Nigeria (PHCN) invites expressions of interest from consulting firms to develop an inventory of potential hydropower project sites in the catchment areas of the Niger and Benue rivers in Nigeria.

Lucid Energy signs deal for in-pipe demonstration site


Renewable power system developer Lucid Energy Inc. has partnered with the San Antonio Water System to build a demonstration site for its LucidPipe Power System.

Alden expanding with acquisition of AECOM research facility


Alden Research Laboratory Inc. has acquired the AECOM hydraulic engineering and modeling laboratory in Redmond, has learned.

FERC seeks comment on digital information strategy


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission invites public comment on its plan for more efficient and coordinated delivery of digital information to the public.

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