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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.

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Nicaragua names firms to build, equip 1.548-MW Wiwili


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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