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Sierra Leone signs contract for completion of Bumbuna hydro project


Sierra Leone has signed a $750 million agreement with Joule Africa to complete the Bumbuna hydropower project, wire services reported.

Guinea seeks environmental, social studies of 750-MW Souapiti


Guinea state-owned utility Electricite de Guinee (EDG) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of the 750-MW Souapiti hydroelectric project, proposed for the Konkoure River in Guinea.

Semafo to build hydroelectric power plant in Guinea


Canada's Semafo Inc. mining firm is planning to build a hydropower plant in Guinea, project developers told wire services.

Nile Lakes states seek environmental-social review of 60-MW Rusumo Falls


Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to conduct an independent review of environmental and social studies of the 60-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River.

Mpanga small hydro project commissioned in Uganda


The Mpanga hydroelectric power project in Kamwenge District, Uganda, is now operational, news agencies reported.

Norconsult, partners to perform water resources study in Kenya


Norconsult is part of a consortium that has been awarded a contract for consultancy services for identification of a multipurpose water resources development project in Kenya's Gucha Migori river basin, Norconsult announced.

Mozambique again seeks outlet rehab at Massingir Dam


Mozambique's water directorate again invites applications for pre-qualification to rehabilitate the bottom outlet works of Massingir Dam on Mozambique's Olifants River.

Russian firm plans US700 million investment in Tanzania hydropower project


A Russian utilities company is planning to invest $700 million in what could be the largest independent hydropower project in Tanzania, wire services reported.

Ethiopia awards construction contract for biggest hydropower project in Africa


Ethiopia has announced plans to develop the largest hydroelectric power project in Africa and has selected an Italy-based firm to construct the project, news agencies reported.

New Development: Best of the Year

04/01/2011 Tekeze and Canoe Creek hydropower projects win Project-of-the-Year awards at POWER-GEN International event in Orlando.

Africa agencies seek hydro, electricity, renewables strategies


Several African agencies invite expressions of interest from consultants to help develop hydropower, renewable energy, and electricity sector strategies.

Firm takes a new direction in pumped-storage hydro


Gravity Power LLC, a spin-off of LaunchPoint Technologies, is developing a grid-scale electricity storage system, called the Gravity Power Module, which offers a new option in pumped-storage hydropower development, Gravity Power says.

DR Congo seeks O&M consultant for 350-MW Inga 1, 1,424-MW Inga 2


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to improve operation and maintenance management of the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric projects on the Congo River.

REEEP calls for project proposals in new funding cycle


The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has opened its 8th program cycle with a call for proposed clean energy projects targeting Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

Ethiopia plans hydropower project along Nile River


Ethiopia will start building a major hydro project along the Nile River to generate power to increase electricity production, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said.

Niger Basin renews call for study, design of 90-MW Fomi


The Niger Basin authority invites expressions of interest to update a feasibility study and to perform design and tender preparation for construction of the 90-MW Fomi hydroelectric project in the upper Niger River Basin.

Developer-investor sought for East Africa's 145-MW Ruzizi 3


The energy agency of the Great Lakes countries invites applications for pre-qualification from developer-investors to build the 145-MW Ruzizi 3 hydroelectric project and to manage it and three other existing and proposed projects on the Ruzizi River in East Africa.

Perspectives: An Amazing Project

03/01/2011 At PennWell's POWER-GEN International event in December 2010, we celebrated excellence by recognizing 11 finalists at Power Engineering* magazine's Projects of the Year Awards.

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Mozambique seeks auxiliary spillway for Massingir Dam


Mozambique's water directorate invites applications for pre-qualification to build an auxiliary spillway for Massingir Dam on Mozambique's Olifants River.

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