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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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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