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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.

SMEC to provide technical advisory support for Tanzania hydro project


SMEC has been awarded a contract for technical advisory support for the development of the Ruhudji hydropower project in Tanzania, SMEC reported.

120-MW hydro project completed in Congo Republic


The Republic of the Congo in Africa has inaugurated a 120-MW hydroelectric power station, wire services reported.

Water resources project sought for upper Nile lakes


Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to identify a multipurpose water resources development project, including hydropower, in the eastern Africa basin of Lakes Edward, Albert, and George.

First hydro projects announced for former SN Power AfriCA


Agua Imara, formerly SN Power AfriCA, has announced the first hydropower projects it will develop under its new name.

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.

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