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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.

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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.

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.

African Water Facility seeks knowledge management, environmental consultants


The African Water Facility (AWF) invites expressions of interest from consultants to advise on knowledge management and environment and climate changes.

Malawi seeks design, investment prep for Songwe River Basin


Malawi's irrigation and water ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform detailed design and investment preparation for development of the Songwe River Basin.

Nigeria, China sign Kainji hydro plant modernization contract


The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has signed a contract with Hydrochina Huadong Engineering Corp. and Harbin Electricity Corp. of China for rehabilitation of the Kainji hydro station in Nigeria.

EIB confirms commitment to Ruzizi III hydropower project in Rwanda


The European Investment Bank confirmed it will work closely with financial preparation of the Ruzizi hydroelectric project in Rwanda.

Angola: 150 small hydropower projects planned


The government of Angola is planning to construct as many as 150 small hydropower projects, government sources reported.

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