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Alstom, Andritz awarded contract for Grand Inga work

01/25/2012

Alstom Hydro and Andritz Hydro have been awarded a joint contract worth about US$102.2 million for work at the existing 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric project.

Ugandan small hydro project gets financial backing

01/24/2012

The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) has arranged a US$24 million senior loan for the financing of a 14-MW run-of-river hydropower plant in Uganda.

Hydroelectricity growing worldwide, study indicates

01/24/2012

A recent report published by the Worldwatch Institute indicates hydropower consumption increased more than 5% between 2009 and 2010.

Tanzania seeks studies of small hydropower projects

01/17/2012

Tanzania's Rural Energy Agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform pre-feasibility studies of two small hydropower projects in Tanzania's Usambara Mountains.

Power production equipment delivered to Bui hydro project

01/16/2012

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has taken delivery of three turbines and two transformers for installation at the 400-MW Bui hydroelectric project, BPA announces.

Senegal River agency reopens tender to manage 250-MW Manantali, 63-MW Felou

01/09/2012

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency has reopened tendering to manage the 250-MW Manantali and 63-MW Felou hydroelectric projects in Mali and the related transmission system.

Andritz Hydro to supply equipment for Assiut project

01/09/2012

Andritz Hydro was awarded a US$137.9 million contract by the Egyptian Ministries of Energy and Water Resources to supply equipment for installation of a 32-MW hydroelectric facility at the Assiut barrage on the Nile River.

Consultants named for Mara River Basin Project study

01/05/2012

TAHAL Consulting Engineers Ltd. and Bhundia Associates have been awarded a contract to perform assessments as part of Tanzania's Mara River Basin Project.

DR Congo seeks intake dredging, turbine-generator rehab at Inga project

01/05/2012

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks firms to help dredge an intake channel and to rehabilitate two turbine-generators at the Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River.

What Next for Hydropower?

01/01/2012 The turning of another year is always a great time for review and reflection, both on the 12 months just passed and the opportunities and challenges that are likely to emerge in the coming year.

Nicaragua names firms to build, equip 1.548-MW Wiwili

12/14/2011

Nicaragua's energy and mines ministry has named two firms to build and equip the 1.548-MW Wiwili hydroelectric project in Jinotega Department.

Ethiopia seeks topographic survey of Lake Tana sub-basin

12/13/2011

Ethiopia's Ministry of Water and Energy invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a topographic survey of the Lake Tana sub-basin flood plain in Ethiopia.

Nile Basin Initiative names water resources modeling consultants

12/12/2011

The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has named international consultants to perform data processing and modeling for a Basin Decision Support System (DSS) for its water resources planning and management program.

Engineering, environmental contracts awarded for Liberia's 64-MW Mount Coffee

12/09/2011

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) has named consultants to prepare engineering studies and tender documents, environmental-social studies, and resettlement plans for the rehabilitation of the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project in Liberia.

International Hydropower Association emphasizes sustainability in COP17 discussion

12/07/2011

The International Hydropower Association took part in the first of three events at the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with hopes of addressing hydro-related issues in front of a global audience.

Ivory Coast to boost power production with new hydroelectric dam

12/06/2011

Ivory Coast will build a 275-MW hydroelectric power station in Soubre, according to the country's Ministry of Mines.

Studies sought of 145-MW Ruzizi 3 grid link, rehab of 73.6-MW Ruzizi 1, 2

12/06/2011

The European Union (EU) invites applications for pre-qualification to perform studies of a grid system for the proposed 145-MW Ruzizi 3 hydroelectric project as well as rehabilitation studies for 29.8-MW Ruzizi 1 and 43.8-MW Ruzizi 2 in East Africa.

Niger seeks hydro-mechanical equipment for 125-MW Kandadji

12/01/2011

The government of Niger invites applications for pre-qualification to supply hydro-mechanical equipment for 125-MW Kandadji Dam on the Niger River.

Sierra Leone study begins of expanding 50-MW Bumbuna to 389 MW

12/01/2011

Developer Joule Africa announced that Lahmeyer International has begun a bankable feasibility study of expanding Sierra Leone's 50-MW Bumbuna hydroelectric project to a total of 389 MW.

How Fill Material Affects the Overtopping Process for Earthfill Dams

12/01/2011 Model tests performed at a university in Tanzania reveal how various properties of the fill material affect behavior of an earthfill dam during the overtopping process. Understanding these influences can aid in improvement of breach prediction models.

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