Hydroelectric is one of the planet’s most dependable power generation resources

In 1935, a joint venture including Bechtel completed the iconic Hoover Dam on time and under budget, thus beginning our long history in hydroelectric power.

We have designed or installed 50 hydroelectric plants that produce more than 37,600 megawatts of hydropower. That is equivalent to 80 percent of the UK's entire power demand.

Currently, we are building the Keeyask Generating Station on the Nelson River, Canada’s fourth-longest river. This past summer, the volume of water at Keeyask totaled some 212,000 cubic feet (6,000 cubic meters) per second—more than twice the flow of Niagara Falls.


  • Concrete, rock-fill, and earth-fill dams 
  • Power, diversion, tailrace, and conveyance tunnels
  • Hydro and water-supply surge chambers
  • Dikes
  • Reservoirs

Our work

  • Installed (26,739 megawatts) and designed (10,861 megawatts)
  • 9 million cubic yards (6.9 million cubic meters) of rock chambers 
  • 157 million acre feet (194 billion cubic meters) of reservoirs
  • 57 miles (92 kilometers) of water tunnels 
  • 1,759 miles (2,816 kilometers) of water pipelines 
  • 50 hydroelectric plants
  • 105 dams