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Sierra Leone signs contract for completion of Bumbuna hydro project

05/31/2011

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

05/27/2011

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

05/27/2011

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

05/19/2011

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

05/11/2011

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

Norconsult, partners to perform water resources study in Kenya

05/10/2011

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

04/26/2011

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

04/21/2011

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

04/12/2011

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

03/24/2011

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

03/23/2011

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

03/23/2011

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

03/22/2011

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

03/17/2011

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

03/17/2011

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

03/02/2011

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.

New Hydro

03/01/2011

Mozambique seeks auxiliary spillway for Massingir Dam

01/28/2011

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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