Deadline approaching for hydro project tours preceding HydroVision International conference

Registration deadlines are approaching for a pair of hydropower project technical tours offered prior to the start of HydroVision International 2011, the year’s largest gathering of hydropower professionals. Online registration for the tours is available.

HydroVision International is scheduled July 19-22, 2011, in Sacramento, Calif., USA. About 3,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event, which offers a wealth of networking opportunities with leading professionals and key decision makers.

To enhance the week’s activities, technical tours of the Folsom and Oroville hydropower projects are available. Tour space is limited.

Technical tours:

Folsom Project
Tour Host:
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Must register by June 1, 2011
Folsom Dam is a 340-foot-tall concrete gravity structure on the American River, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, California. Folsom Dam and Folsom Lake are part of the Central Valley Project, which provides flood control, hydropower, irrigation and drinking water for northern California.

The Folsom Power Plant at the base of the dam is equipped with three Francis turbines that can produce up to 199 MW.

Features of the tour include: a tram ride to the power plant, a tour of the turbine floor and a view of the spillway under construction.

Oroville Hydroelectric Project
Tour Host: California Department of Water Resources

Monday, July 18, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Must register by June 17, 2011
On the Feather River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Butte County, California, the Oroville Hydroelectric Project consists of three powerhouses with a capacity of 760 MW.

The 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam, which forms Lake Oroville, is the tallest earth-filled dam in the U.S. In the bedrock beneath Oroville Dam is Edward Hyatt Powerplant, a 645-MW pumping-generating facility.

Lake Oroville is the second largest reservoir in California. In addition to power production, the reservoir is used for irrigation, flood control and municipal water supplies.

Features of the day include: tours of the Edward Hyatt and Thermalito Pump Generating Plants, time to explore the impressive Lake Oroville Visitor Center, an explanation of the unique temperature control system at the Oroville intake structure and a visit to the Feather River fish hatchery.

More details about the tours are available at

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Deadline approaching for hydropower turbine course

The deadline is approaching for participation in a special hydro turbine training course for technical staff and management at existing hydropower plants in Africa and developing countries. The application deadline for the International Centre for Hydropower program is Aug. 6, 2010.

The two-part program, “Condition Monitoring & Maintenance Planning of the Francis Turbine with Ancillary Equipment,” includes an online component (Aug. 23 through Oct. 31) and a workshop at Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre-Zambia (Nov. 8 through Nov. 12).

The International Centre for Hydropower is a non-profit organization based on institutional membership among organizations with an involvement in hydropower.

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