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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.

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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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Scottish Water selects Black & Veatch for hydroelectric power retrofit program


Black & Veatch has been selected by Scottish Water to help develop hydroelectric power generating capabilities at a number of the utility's raw water and treated potable water locations.

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Voith Hydro announces promotion at York office


Voith Hydro has announced that Stan Kocon has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at its facility in York, effective immediately.

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RusHydro, Voith elect board for hydro turbine manufacturing joint venture


Hydro turbine manufacturer VolgaHydro LLC elected six members to its board of directors during its first meeting of shareholders earlier this month.

U.S. seeks stoplog seals for 980-MW McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply stoplog seal assemblies for 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

Italian province seeks electro-mechanical equipment for 4.19-MW Belfiore hydro project


Verona's municipal utility seeks bids to supply and install electro-mechanical equipment for the 4.19-MW Belfiore hydroelectric project in Belfiore, Verona Province, Italy.

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Corps awards contract for wire rope, crane work at John Day hydropower plant


Knight Construction & Supply Inc. has won a US$293,171 contract to replace wire rope and perform load testing for an emergency intake crane at the 2,160-MW John Day hydropower plant.

Rehabilitating the Francis Units at Chief Joseph


The refurbishment of 10 Francis turbines at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 2,620-MW Chief Joseph hydro project has resulted in turbines operating at the highest level of performance achieved for existing designs.

Replacing a Francis Turbine Blade Damaged by Cavitation


When years of gross cavitation at the Pointe du Bois station prompted a turbine blade replacement as opposed to a repair, Manitoba Hydro elected to replace the Francis blades in situ to reduce cost.

French agency seeks three micro-hydro plants on Rhone-Rhine canal


The governing council of France's Haut-Rhin Department seeks bids to supply and install three micro-hydro plants on the Rhone-Rhine canal in France's Alsace Region.

U.S. resets site visit for turbine runner replacement at 80-MW Denison Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rescheduled a site visit for bidders to replace two turbine runners at the 80-MW Denison Dam hydroelectric project in Texas.

U.S. seeks firms to supply draft tube bulkheads for 980-MW McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small firms capable of supplying draft tube bulkheads for 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

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Voith supplies hydro turbines for three European projects


Voith has completed work at a pair of Austrian hydroelectric projects and received an order for another in Norway, the international manufacturer announced.

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Knight Construction wins contract for gate rehab at Green Peter hydropower plant


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$3.5 million contract to Knight Construction & Supply Inc. for tainter gate rehabilitation at the 80-MW Green Peter hydropower project in Oregon.


Work progresses on NYPA's Lewiston pumped-storage project modernizations


Upgrades to the first of 12 pump-turbines at the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant's 240-MW Lewiston Pump-Generation Plant (LPGP) were completed earlier this week, the New York Power Authority has announced.

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First units in operation at RusHydro's Ust-Srednekanskaya hydroelectric project


The first two generating units at RusHydro's 570-MW Ust-Srednekanskaya hydropower plant have been put into operation, HydroWorld.com has learned.

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