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Senegal River agency seeks strategic evaluation of hydro development

02/27/2012

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a regional strategic evaluation of options for hydroelectric development and of water resources.

REW Africa announces new website, sponsor

02/24/2012

Renewable Energy World Africa Conference and Exhibition 2012 has launched a new website.

BHP withdrawal possible setback for Congo's Inga 3 hydro project

02/17/2012

BHP Billiton has abandoned its plan to construct an aluminum smelter in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's energy minister says, potentially causing problems for the Inga 3 hydroelectric project.

Ghana agency seeks environmental, social studies of 48-MW Pwalugu

02/15/2012

The Volta River Authority (VRA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform environmental and social impact studies of the Pwalugu multi-purpose hydroelectric project to be built in Ghana.

Sierra Leone seeks warning systems for 50-MW Bumbuna

02/13/2012

Sierra Leone seeks bids to supply siren warning systems for the 50-MW Bumbuna hydroelectric project on the Seli River, 250 kilometers from Freetown.

Small hydroelectric project in Zimbabwe gets approval

02/13/2012

An application to build a US$13 million small hydroelectric plant near Zimbabwe's Lake Mutrikwi has been approved by the Masvingo Rural District Council, sources report.

Tratos wins contract for 6,800-MW Ethiopian project

02/03/2012

Cable manufacturer Tratos Cavi Spa has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to supply low- and high-voltage cable for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Alstom wins bid for Zambia's Itezhi-Tezhi hydropower plant

02/02/2012

Alstom has won a contract worth US$26.25 million to provide turbines and generators for the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project.

Egypt seeks audit of Zefta Barrage rehab feasibility study

01/30/2012

Egypt's Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an independent audit of a feasibility study on refurbishment of Zefta Barrage on the Damietta Branch of Egypt's Nile River.

Morocco seeks hydrological monitoring of Oum Er Rbia Basin

01/25/2012

The agency governing Morocco's Oum Er Rbia River Basin seeks bids to supply a network of hydrological monitoring equipment for the basin.

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.

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