PacifiCorp conducts dam safety inspections within 194-MW North Umpqua hydroelectric project in Oregon.

PacifiCorp conducts dam safety inspections within 194-MW North Umpqua hydroelectric project in Oregon.

The 31.99-MW Lemolo 1 hydroelectric project, which includes Lemolo 1 Dam that impounds North Umpqua River creating Lemolo Reservoir (Lemolo Lake), is located in south-central Oregon on the west side of the Cascade Mountain range in Douglas County. The dam is being inspected this week by divers who will descend 90 ft underwater to inspect […]

‘Company model’ for Budhigandaki Hydropower project: Energy Minister.

‘Company model’ for Budhigandaki Hydropower project: Energy Minister.

Energy Minister Janardan Sharma says the Budhigandaki Hydropower Project will be developed using a ‘company model’, in place of its current development committee modality. The company modality will be more efficient and less susceptible to influence from political intervention and the company will operate independently, the minister said. The Detailed Project Report for the reservoir […]

BHEL receives contract for renovation of 360-MW Balimela hydroelectric plant in India.

BHEL receives contract for renovation of 360-MW Balimela hydroelectric plant in India.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has received a contract to renovate and modernize the 360-MW Balimela hydroelectric plant in India. The contract, awarded by the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Limited, is worth about Rs297 crore (US$44.7 million). Balimela, on the Sileru River in Odisha State, was expanded by 150 MW in a second stage completed […]

Thailand’s EGAT completes comprehensive dam monitoring installation.

Thailand’s EGAT completes comprehensive dam monitoring installation.

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre have completed their installation of automated monitoring systems on all of EGAT’s dams and hydropower projects. The collaboration began in 2013 when NECTEC was charged with helping to develop a comprehensive, real-time data gathering system that could be centrally monitored by […]

U.S. Senate passes bill that includes measures for dam safety, invasive species control.

U.S. Senate passes bill that includes measures for dam safety, invasive species control.

A bill passed by the Senate contains measures that helps protect hydroelectric power infrastructure from invasive aquatic species and federal funding to rehabilitate high-hazard dams. Included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 — officially Senate Bill 2848 — is an authorization for up to $20 million to match state spending on watercraft inspection […]

GE, EDL sign agreement to develop Laos’ hydroelectric power workforce.

GE, EDL sign agreement to develop Laos’ hydroelectric power workforce.

Electricite du Laos and General Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch joint research and training programs designed to support the development of Laos’ hydroelectric power sector and electric grid. With GE assistance, EDL hopes to make Laos a key source of energy generation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region […]

Tajikistan seeks employer’s representative for 3,600-MW Rogun hydropower project.

Tajikistan seeks employer’s representative for 3,600-MW Rogun hydropower project.

OJSC “Rogun HPP” is currently seeking an employer’s representative for services associated with the construction of the 3,600-MW Rogun hydropower plant in Tajikistan. The employer’s representative will be responsible for duties including, but not limited to, contract management, review and approval of project documentation; supervision of construction; production and installation of equipment; health and safety […]

BHEL to rehab 180-MW Baira Siul hydropower plant in India for US$19.9 million.

BHEL to rehab 180-MW Baira Siul hydropower plant in India for US$19.9 million.

On Sept. 9, India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) announced it has signed an agreement with New Delhi-based Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), also state-owned, to rehabilitate and upgrade the 180-MW Baira Siul hydropower station in Himachal Pradesh, India. NHPC said the contract award is Rs 132.74 crore (US$19.9 million). According to NHPC, the Baira […]

GE to provide equipment to upgrade Lam Ta Khong pumped-storage plant in Thailand.

GE to provide equipment to upgrade Lam Ta Khong pumped-storage plant in Thailand.

GE’s Power Conversion Business has received a contract to provide two static frequency converters for the Lam Ta Khong pumped-storage plant in Thailand. The contract involves the supply of two 16.5-MW, water-cooled static frequency converters (SFC) to replace the original converters for the two 260-MW turbine-generator units, which were originally provided by GE in 1999. […]

US$7.3 million Tibble Fork Dam rehabilitation project temporarily ceases reservoir drainage.

US$7.3 million Tibble Fork Dam rehabilitation project temporarily ceases reservoir drainage.

On Aug. 21, officials decided to temporarily cease draining the Tibble Fork Reservoir as testing is conducted by biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Forest Service as a result of sediment behind the Tibble Fork Dam that was released during the drawdown. On Aug. 19, the federal Natural Resources Conservation […]