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Getting the best out of BPA
14 December, 2001
Bonneville Power Administration operates a balancing act in the Pacific Northwest that sometimes makes it appear that 'if everyone's complaining, then we are getting it about right'. In her second report from the US, Janet Wood finds out how the company is building consensus in operation and planning for the system's future

Environmental minefield
16 November, 2001
As environment law becomes restrictive and the government (prodded by judicial courts) contemplates rigid implementation, project developers in India face long and costly planning battles. I M Sahai reports

Uncertainty? for sure
16 November, 2001
Since 1997, when the US' Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) introduced alternative licensing procedures, hydro project licensees and prospective developers have had a choice between the new or the traditional process. But how do hydro interests decide between the two approaches to public involvement in licensing projects? Fred Ayer, an unabashed fan of FERC's new process, convenes a round table discussion with four licensing experts to canvass opinion and advice on where to go from here

Pumping up power down under
16 November, 2001
The Wivenhoe pumped storage plant is providing an important service to the Queensland power grid in Australia and to its owner, Tarong Energy

Norwegian break through
16 November, 2001
The design and construction of a headrace tunnel in Costa Rica was carried out according to Norwegian codes of practice

Tunnel visions
16 November, 2001
Tunnelling can be one of the most complex parts of hydro power projects. IWP&DC takes a look at some of the latest industry developments

Intake gates - upstream or downstream skinplates?
16 November, 2001
Before the 1960s, all intake gates had downstream skinplates. After 1960, roller wheeled gates with upstream skinplates were introduced when it was discovered that such gates eliminated one wall in the intake and had a lower downpull at part gate openings. But, as J L Gordon explains, the increased risk and installation costs associated with upstream skinplated gates were overlooked

Renovation works in the pipeline
16 November, 2001
Renovation works were needed on the Izmit domestic and industrial water supply project in Turkey after an earthquake damaged the project's pipelines just seven months after completion

Great Scot
16 November, 2001
Scottish and Southern Energy has announced an ambitious refurbishment programme to safeguard the long term future of hydro generation in Scotland. Julian Reeves reports on the company's US$357M plans

Keeping refurbishment in Czech
16 November, 2001
In readiness for this year's Uprating and Refurbishing Hydro Power Plants VIII conference, we report on some of the hydro projects in the Czech Republic

Thoroughly modern Klecany
16 November, 2001
Two new turbines from Czech turbine manufacturer Hydrohrom are helping to increase efficiency at the recently refurbished Klecany small hydro power project

Ecuadorian dam meets growing water demands
15 October, 2001
Construction of La Mica dam in Ecuador was a technical challenge for the US-led joint venture responsible for the La Mica-Quito Sur water supply project

Taking time out
15 October, 2001
Utilising time compression techniques during the construction process can help reduce project costs, as Carrieann Davies discovers

A link in the energy chain
15 October, 2001
An inventive scheme aims to use Tasmania’s hydro and wind resources to benefit the state and the rest of Australia. Janet Wood investigates the Basslink project

False peaks... an arduous climb to privatisation in Nepal
15 October, 2001
Hydro-rich Nepal is known as the roof of the world, and the Nepalese government claims privatisation can help companies gain access to the ground floor. However, as the privatisation of Butwal Power Company has shown, stepping through the front door is proving to be the greatest challenge. Navin Singh Khadka reports

Hot bitumen grouting rediscovered
15 October, 2001
Hot bitumen grouting technology has continually evolved since its early applications almost a century ago. Alex Naudts explains why it is effective at stopping major water inflows and stabilising soils in an efficient, economic and environmentally sound way

Undergraduate understanding
15 October, 2001
The decision to take up a career in the hydro power industry can lead to a very challenging but rewarding future. Paul Christen Røhr reveals why

Universally unapplicable?
15 October, 2001
Despite sharp criticism and even rejection, the World Commission on Dams remains adamant that Dams and Development shows the way forward for the industry. Carrieann Davies reports from ICOLD’s 69th annual meeting in Dresden, Germany

The last great hydro power frontier
15 October, 2001
As Myanmar painfully emerges from decades of international isolation, it represents Southeast Asia’s last great hydro power frontier. Tim Sharp reports on how Japan is beginning to establish a strong presence in this sector

A milestone for high slope excavation
17 September, 2001
The permanent shiplock slope works at the Three Gorges project in China have been unprecedented both in scale and difficulty. How to maintain integral stability and restrain deformation with a slope on each side of 170m and 68m vertical walls was a challenge of great risk. Rushu Wang explains how 3600 bundles of pre-stressed cables and 100,000 high strength bolts have stabilised the structure and solved a key technical problem of the Three Gorges project

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