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Hydropower turbines are the workhorses of the facility and may need rehabilitation, replacement or cavitation repair. In addition, fish-friendly hydro turbines are being developed and installed.

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U.S. seeks barrier screens, stoplogs for 980-MW McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply vertical barrier screen mesh panels for 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

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Corps awards seal assemblies contract for McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$60,300 contract to Seals Unlimited Inc. to supply stoplog seal assemblies for the 980-MW McNary Dam.

U.S. extends bidding to refurbish turbine-generators at 135-MW Center Hill Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to refurbish turbine-generators at 135-MW Center Hill Dam in Tennessee.

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SKF announces new range of seals for hydropower plants


Global manufacturer SKF has introduced a new range of custom machined sealing products engineered exclusively for hydropower plants.

Indonesia seeks construction of dams, powerhouse for 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan pumped-storage


Indonesia utility PT PLN Persero invites applications for pre-qualification to construct upper and lower dams, waterways, powerhouse, and switchyard of the 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan pumped-storage hydroelectric project.

Abingdon Meadow Hydropower Project

Group receives planning approval for River Thames small hydro proposal


Councilors from the Vale of White Horse District Council have given planning approval for a small hydropower project on the River Thames.

Alstom Tidal Turbine

Alstom tidal turbine reaches milestone at European Marine Energy Centre


An Alstom tidal device installed at Scotland's European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has reached a significant milestone having now supplied 100 MWh of electricity into the grid.

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Voith receives order for Mount Coffee hydropower project rehabilitation


Voith has received an order to modernize Francis turbines and deliver new generators, control technology, and electrical and mechanical power plant equipment for Liberia's Mount Coffee hydropower project.

Alstom / Daido Partnership

Alstom, Daido announce hydro project thrust bearing manufacturing partnership


Alstom has signed an agreement with Daido Metal for the supply of thrust bearing pad coatings, the hydro technology manufacturer announced.

U.S. sets site visit for turbine repairs at 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a site visit for a pending solicitation to repair a turbine in the Second Powerhouse of 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam in Oregon and Washington.

U.S. to seek maintenance bulkheads for construction at Olmsted Dam on Ohio River


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to fabricate auxiliary maintenance bulkheads at Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Turab Headquarters

Hydro turbine manufacturer Turab celebrates expansion


Hydro turbine manufacturer Turab celebrated an expansion to its headquarters with a number of guests from around the globe, the Swedish company reported.

OPT PowerBuoy

OPT, Mitsui sign manufacturing and distribution deal for wave energy system


Wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. have signed an agreement in the development and commercialization of OPT's "PowerBuoy" generating technology.

Canada's BC Hydro seeks diving services throughout British Columbia


Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for pre-qualification to provide commercial diving services to the hydropower utility at locations throughout British Columbia.

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Condition Monitoring Can Extend Life of Bearings, Turbines and Plants


By Bethany Duarte
Monitoring the operating condition of bearings in a hydropower unit is a vitally important component of an overall plant maintenance and reliability program.

Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future


A notable anniversary is upon us, for it is 100 years since the Austrian scientist Viktor Kaplan developed his eponymous turbine, having been granted Austrian patent no. 74244 for his design in 1913.

Corps to restart, enlarge tender for hydro turbine-generator rehab work


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is restarting and substantially enlarging a solicitation for emergency rehabilitation or replacement of hydroelectric turbines, generators, and pump motors in the Corps' Northwestern Region.

Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim

EnBW, EDF celebrate completion of 148-MW run-of-river hydropower project


More than 200 representatives from Germany and France gathered this past week to mark the completion of the 148-MW Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim hydropower plant.

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