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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.

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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.

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.

Zambia seeks studies, design for three small hydro plants


The government of Zambia invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies and engineering design of three small hydroelectric projects in Zambia's Northwestern Province.

Gabon, partners to build hydropower plant


Gabon's Ministry of Energy, United Bank for Africa and Company for the Development of Renewable Energy are partnering to build a hydropower plant in Gabon, news agencies reported.

Consultant sought for grid to link Tanzania hydro plants


The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare for development of a transmission line linking hydropower plants in Tanzania to a Kenya-Tanzania-Zambia regional transmission backbone.

Cameroon awards construction management contract for Lom Pangar hydro project


Cameroon has awarded a USD 16.2 million contract to France's Coyne et Bellier to manage construction of the 56-MW Lom Pangar hydroelectric project in the Sanaga River Basin.

Africa agency seeks consultants to help develop 145-MW Ruzizi 3


Energy of the Great Lakes Countries (EGL) invites expressions of interest from consultants to advise the agency on developing the 145-MW Ruzizi 3 hydroelectric project on the Ruzizi River in East Africa.

Zambia raises capacity of planned Kafue Gorge hydro plant


Zambia has upgraded the generation capacity of its planned Kafue Gorge hydropower plant to more than 700 MW from 600 MW after initial studies, the minister of energy said.

DR Congo seeks turbine-generator rehab for 1,424-MW Inga 2


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids for rehabilitation of two turbine-generators at the 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric project on the Congo River.

Tekeze hydro project among Power Engineering Projects of the Year


Power Engineering magazine recognized the 2010 Projects of the Year Award finalists and announced the winners. The Tekeze hydro project in Ethiopia won the Project of the Year Award for the renewable/sustainable project category.

Tanzania, Brazil plan US2billion hydropower plant


Tanzania is planning with Brazil to construct a US$2 billion hydropower plant in Tanzania, wire services reported.

Turnkey builders courted for Zambia's 40-MW Kabompo Gorge


The power supplier to Zambia's mining industry invites expressions of interest in turnkey construction of the 40-MW Kabompo Gorge hydroelectric project on the Kabompo River in Zambia's North-Western Province.

Eskom to use loan to fund pumped-storage hydro plant, other power projects


South Africa's government said it will invest 20 billion rand (US$2.9 billion) into Eskom Holdings Ltd. to help the South Africa utility fund increased power generating capacity, Bloomberg reported.

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