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European Investment Bank to provide EUR 140 million for Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program


The European Investment Bank has approved a EUR 140 million loan for the EUR 282 million (US397.3 million) Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program in Lesotho, EIB reported.

Senegal River agency seeks manager for 250-MW Manantali, 63-MW Felou


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites applications for pre-qualification to manage the 250-MW Manantali and 63-MW Felou hydroelectric projects in Mali and the related transmission system.

India provides loan for Kakobola hydro plant in Congo


India has signed a deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo to extend a US$42 million credit line for building the Kakobola hydropower plant, the Export-Import Bank of India reported.

DR Congo seeks mechanical work for 350-MW Inga 1, 1,424-MW Inga 2


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids for performance of urgent mechanical measures to help rehabilitate the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric projects on the Congo River.

Russia firm to construct Rumakali hydro plant in Tanzania


The government of Tanzania has signed a deal with Russia-based Borodino for the construction of the $700 million Rumakali hydropower plant in Tanzania's Iringa region, news agencies reported.

Queensland, Papua New Guinea support studies to progress hydropower project


The governments of Papua New Guinea and Queensland plan to sign a memorandum of cooperation with PNG Energy Developments Ltd. and Origin Energy Limited to support the potential development of a renewable hydroelectricity project, Origin Energy reported.

ABB wins contract for Ingula pumped-storage hydro plant in South Africa


Technology and automation group ABB has won an order worth $23 million from Eskom, South Africa's leading electric utility, to supply an electrical balance of plant (eBoP) solution for the Ingula pumped-storage hydropower plant, currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa.

Eskom signs loans to fund pumped-storage hydropower plant, thermal plant


South Africa power utility Eskom said it has signed two export credit agency loans for a total of 171.7 million euros (US$217.3 million) to fund parts of its Ingula pumped-storage hydro plant and its Medupi thermal plant, wire services reported.

Niger seeks environmental, social plan for valley of 125-MW Kandadji


The government of Niger invites expressions of interest from consultants to help implement an environmental and social management plan in the area of the proposed 125-MW Kandadji Dam on the Niger River.

Namibia seeks consultants for Lower Orange hydro projects


Namibia Power Corp. (NamPower) invites applications for pre-qualification from consultants to advance development of several hydropower projects on the Orange River between Namibia and South Africa.

Resettlement: A New Paradigm


A vital aspect of hydro project development is the resettlement of those people affected by an installation, its creation and continued operation. The author proposes a new resettlement theory based on the concept of consumer utility. This theory is intended to provide a method by which developers can ensure that resettled people are adequately compensated.

Control Room III: Finding Work for Humans

09/01/2010 The seemingly boundless capability of expert systems and other computerized systems is rapidly changing the roles of both hydropower machinery and personnel. Some day, cyber systems could be doing it all — except the jobs that are too mundane, or too messy, for machines.

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Ethiopia seeks planning, decision support for Tana-Beles sub-basins


Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Resources invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide planning and decision support system development for the Tana and Beles sub-basins, site of the 460-MW Beles hydroelectric project.

Nile Basin Initiative seeks water resources modeling support


The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform data processing and modeling for a Basin Decision Support System (DSS) for its water resources planning and management program.

Rehabilitation sought for Nigeria's 540-MW Jebba, 760-MW Kainji


Power Holding Co. of Nigeria (PHCN) seeks expressions of interest or bids in three solicitations for rehabilitation work at the 540-MW Jebba and 760-MW Kainji hydroelectric projects on the Niger River in Nigeria.

Mozambique approves 1,500-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project


Mozambique's government has approved construction of the US$2 billion Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project on the Zambezi River, with the project slated to begin construction in 2011.

Zambia, Chinese firms to build 600-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower plant


Zambia has signed an agreement with two Chinese companies to build the 600-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower plant, government officials in Zambia said.

Ethiopia awards water information system contract for Beles hydro project site


Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Resources has awarded a contract for development of a water information system for the Tana and Beles subbasins, site of the 460-MW Beles hydropower project, which is under construction on the Beles River.

EIB, Ethiopian government halt cooperation on Gibe III hydro project


The European Investment Bank confirmed it has stopped funding environmental and social impact studies for the Gibe III hydroelectric power project in Ethiopia, as the Ethiopian government has found alternative sources of finance.

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