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Ugandan hydro project wins clean energy award

The 8 MW Kakaka project in western Uganda is one of two clean energy projects selected as winners of the Climate Technology Initiative's (CTI) Private Financing Advisory Network's (PFAN) Clean Energy Financing Award 2010.

This US$18 million project is seeking $6 million in equity and $12 million in long-term debt. The plan was promoted by Greenewus Energy Africa Ltd. based in Uganda.

The other award winner was Barefoot Power Company, which distributes solar-charged LED lights and electrical products to the rural poor in Africa.

The winners will receive one-on-one coaching on progressing their business plans toward financial close, accessing investors, and deal facilitation. These projects will be showcased at other forums and events hosted by CTI PFAN and the AFRICEF sponsors and co-organizers.

More than 65 businesses submitted their proposals for review. Nine projects that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 500,000 metric tons a year were presented to investors at the CTI PFAN African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF) in September.

AFRICEF was sponsored by CTI, the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer of Japan.

Czech Republic working to develop two new projects

Two small hydro projects are being built on the Elbe River in the Czech Republic. Mercator Energy a.s. is working to build the 4.59 MW Libechov while Energeia o.p.s. is constructing 5.2 MW Steti.

Mercator Energy is developing Libechov at an existing weir on the lower Elbe. The company plans to install one Kaplan turbine-generator 4.8 meters in diameter, with an average annual generation of 12 MWh. Valued at CZK85 million (US$4.75 million), the work is scheduled to be completed in April 2013.

The Steti project also will be located at an existing weir on the lower Elbe. The facility is to include two tubular Kaplan turbines 5.1 meters in diameter, with an average annual generation of 31.5 GWh. The work is valued at CZK750 million ($42 million).

India ExIm bank provides loan for Kakobola plant in Congo

India has signed a deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo to extend a US$42 million credit line for building the 9.3 MW Kakobola plant, the Export-Import Bank of India reports.

The deal falls under a $263 million loan commitment from India that it agreed to with Congo in late 2009, wire services have reported.

Kakobola is planned for the western Bandundu province. The project is expected to be completed in three years.

Congo will start repaying the loan after five years and then will pay 1.75% interest over 20 years, according to wire reports. This is the third line of credit approved by India to Congo recently.

Portugal sees significant growth in its small hydro work

Work is under way on several small hydro projects in Portugal. First, the electric utility of the Portuguese island of Madeira plans to build a dam and expand irrigation canals to increase capacity of the Calheta hydroelectric system.

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira SA (EEM) will build a 31 meter-tall embankment dam to store 1 million m3 of water and to expand the Paul and Paul 2 irrigation canals. The work is part of the planned expansion of the Calheta system, which includes the 4.57 MW Calheta and 7.3 MW Calheta de Inverno plants.

In related news, a unit of utility Energias de Portugal (EDP) is moving forward with development of the 13.3 MW Central 2 do Escalao de Pedrogao project.

Pedrogao 2 is a new development of the Alqueva multi-purpose project on Portugal's Guadiana River. EDP won a 35-year concession in 2007 to operate the 259.2 MW Alqueva and 10 MW Pedrogao projects. At that time, it said it would repower and expand the plants.

For Pedrogao 2, EDP's Empresa Hidroelectrica do Guadiana S.A. plans to install a Kaplan turbine and generator on the intake of a pumping station, owned by Empresa de Desenvolvimento e Infra-estruturas do Alqueva S.A., about 160 meters downstream from Pedrogao Dam.

Finally, three river basin management agencies are seeking companies to build and operate 19 small hydro projects totaling 128 MW in capacity.

The concessions are offered by Administracao da Regiao Hidrografica do Centro of Coimbra, Administracao da Regiao Hidrografica do Tejo of Lisbon, and Administracao da Regiao do Norte of Porto.

The concessions allow capture of public water for hydro production, as well as the design, construction, operation and maintenance of water infrastructure, and authorization to supply spare capacity to the utility grid. They also allow construction of a hydro plant or plants within specific geographic coordinates of certain river reaches identified by lot numbers.

Canadian company plans hydro projects in Bosnia

Reservoir Capital Corp. of Canada has filed applications with the Government of the Republika Srpska (an autonomous region of Bosnia and Herzegovina) to build three run-of-river hydro projects.

The projects, to be located on the Cehotina River, would have a combined capacity of 17.75 MW, reports indicate.

The Cehotina River flows from Montenegro into the Drina River at the town of Foca, home of Reservoir's Bosnian country office.

Kildermorie project approved for development in Scotland

SSE Renewables, the renewable energy division of Scottish and Southern Energy, has won approval from Scottish ministers to develop a 7.5 MW power station at Kildermorie in Ross-shire, Scotland.

The Kildermorie project will consist of a new dam and storage reservoir at the head of Gleann Mhuire, a buried pipeline running down the glen, and a semi-buried powerhouse built next to the Abhainn na Glasa upstream of Kildermorie Lodge.

SSE Renewables project manager Calum Robb said SSE is committed to reducing the carbon intensity of its generation by 50% by 2020, and the new hydro plant at Kildermorie will help achieve this target.

Robb said: "It is likely that construction work will start within the next 12 months. We anticipate that it will take around two years to complete construction."

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