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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.

Niger seeks hydro-mechanical equipment for 125-MW Kandadji


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


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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ABB to upgrade automation of Egypt's 2,600-MW Aswan complex


Egypt's Hydro Plants Generation Co. (HPGC) has awarded a US$20 million contract to ABB Ltd. to upgrade the automation of Aswan Dam's three hydroelectric plants totaling more than 2,600 MW.

African agencies seek consultants to audit water, energy programs


The African Development Bank (AfDB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to assess whether principles of its Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Program are reflected in the projects it has financed since 2000.

China seeks solution to Myanmar's suspension of 6,000-MW Myitsone


Officials of China and Myanmar met this week to "settle matters" related to Myanmar's abrupt suspension of construction of the 6,000-MW Myitsone hydroelectric project by Chinese contractors on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.

Zambia seeks engineering supervision to build Kanakantapa Dam


The government of Zambia invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide engineering supervision for the construction of Kanakantapa Dam on the Kanakantapa River in Zambia's Chongwe District.

President Banda Launches Itezhi-Tezhi Power Project


President Banda on Sept. 6 launched the commencement of works for the US$250 million Itezhi Tezhi hydroelectric project, expected to produce 120 MW of electricity and create more than 450 jobs.

Choosing Trashrakes for Three Hydro Plants

09/01/2011 By Helmut Erdmannsdoerfer, Alfred F. Patzig and Jose Costa Simoes
For two hydro plants in Morocco and one in India, the project owners considered unique site conditions when choosing trashrack cleaning systems. The goal of this selection was to minimize losses and maximize electricity generation.

Bank seeks hydro engineer for Papua New Guinea, Solomons projects


The World Bank seeks applications from experienced hydropower engineers to support its teams preparing hydroelectric projects in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Nicaragua seeks bids to build four micro-hydro projects


Nicaragua's energy and mines ministry seeks bids to build and equip four micro-hydropower projects in the municipalities of Nueva Guinea and El Rama in Nicaragua's Region Autonoma del Atlantico Sur.

Consultants sought for East Africa renewables including small hydro


Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to assess viability of renewable energy projects in East Africa including small hydropower.

Nile group seeks study of Aswa Basin project including hydro


Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to identify a multipurpose water resources development project, including hydropower, in the Aswa River Basin of Uganda and South Sudan.

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