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Deadline extended for studies of six Tanzania small hydro projects


Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of six mini-hydropower projects in Tanzania.

Nile Lakes states seek project manager for 90-MW Rusumo Falls


Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite applications to serve as project manager for development of the 90-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River.

Kenya awards contract for renewable source feasibility study


Kenya's Ministry of Energy has awarded a six-month contract to Economic Consulting Associates for an economic and feasibility study.

World Bank gives Lom Pangar project $132 million


The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$132 million loan for Cameroon's 56-MW Lom Pangar hydropower project.

Nigeria vows to rehabilitate Kainji hydro plant following leaks


Recent leaking at Nigeria's 760-MW Kainji hydroelectric plant has led the country's government to shut the facility down indefinitely and reaffirm its commitment to rehabilitating and improving it, sources report.

Studies sought for six Tanzania small hydro projects


Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of six mini-hydropower projects in Tanzania.

Report shows potential for hydroelectric development in Latin America, Africa


A new report from market analysis firm GBI Research says increased government support of hydroelectric power will encourage investments from the public and private sectors.

Cameroon to develop 450-MW hydropower project with Joule Africa


Emerging markets energy developer Joule Africa and the Republic of Cameroon have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a new 450-MW hydroelectric plant.

DR Congo seeks hydraulic modeling of Inga project intake channel


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from firms to perform hydraulic scale modeling of the intake channel of the Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River.

Senegal River agency seeks study of communication, SCADA system


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to study development of a communication and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for its hydro-based power system.

IHA teaming up with international field for 6th World Water Forum


The International Hydropower Association will join forces with several international organizations to address "Harmonizing Water and Energy" at the 6th World Water Forum.

Norconsult re-opening Nairobi office on heels of Kenya project


Norwegian engineering and design firm Norconsult plans to re-open a branch in Nairobi in order to support an increasing number of Kenyan development projects.

World Bank debars two Alstom groups and affiliates


Alstom Hydro France and Alstom Network Schweiz AG of Switzerland and their affiliates have been debarred by the World Bank Group for a period of three years.

Senegal River agency seeks strategic evaluation of hydro development


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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.

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