Black & Veatch professionals to share hydropower solutions at Waterpower Xvi Conference

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Source: Black & Veatch Corporation

Black & Veatch hydropower and hydraulic structures experts will share their knowledge and proven solutions at the Waterpower XVI conference July 27-30 in Spokane, Wash.

“Interest in hydropower has surged with the worldwide focus on renewable energy,” said Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global water business. “Hydropower projects are truly sustainable. In addition to providing a clean supply of energy, these types of projects can improve the reliability of an area’s water supply and protect communities from flooding.” 

One example of the sustainable benefits hydropower provides is in China, where Black & Veatch experts are overseeing construction of what will be the highest roller-compacted concrete dam in the world and fourth largest hydro station. When completed, the Long Tan Hydroelectric Dam will protect 12 million people and 480,000 hectares of residential, commercial and agricultural property from flooding, while providing 18.7 billion kilowatt-hours of power annually.

“During the last 40 years, Black & Veatch has been involved in more than 500 hydropower projects, representing more than 50,000 megawatts of renewable energy,” said Carlos Araoz, Director of Black & Veatch’s global hydropower and hydraulic structures business. “Waterpower is an excellent forum to share and showcase our innovative processes and capabilities, as well as sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions, helping to advance this important industry.”

During the conference, Black & Veatch experts will lead the State of the Industry of Hydropower Project Delivery Methods symposium. In addition, Black & Veatch professionals will participate in two roundtable forums: Strategies for Dealing with Aging Plant Equipment and Infrastructure; and Buying Equipment: Procurement Issues in the Global Marketplace.

Black & Veatch professionals will also present the following technical papers:

  • Design Development of Floating Surface Collector at a Reservoir
  • Innovative Surge Shaft Liner Installed Under Water
  • Hydraulic Evaluation of Fish Attraction Potential at a Dam

In addition to Araoz, Black & Veatch experts who are scheduled to present and participate in roundtables include Monty Nigus, Brian Friesz, Jim Richter, Tom Haag, Fred Reynolds and Bruce Benson.

“Hydropower brings together Black & Veatch’s leading expertise in both energy and water,” said McCarthy. “We have much to offer our clients and colleagues through knowledge-transfer opportunities like this conference.”

About Waterpower XVI

Waterpower XVI conference and exhibition strives to advance hydropower by creating a forum for sharing new ideas, technology, approaches and solutions to continue building hydropower as the world’s leading source of renewable energy.

Waterpower has a longstanding tradition of technical excellence. The program features a variety of session formats, created in cooperation with leading hydro professionals.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients’ needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions are provided from the broad line of service expertise available within Black & Veatch, including conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, program management, construction management, environmental, security design and consulting, management consulting and infrastructure planning. With $3.2 billion in revenue, the employee-owned company has more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Black & Veatch’s global water business provides innovative, technology-based solutions to utilities, governments and industries worldwide. Local project teams work with multinational water and wastewater treatment process experts to address site-specific challenges through a broad range of consulting, study, planning, design, design-build and construction management services. The company’s Web site address is www.bv.com.

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