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Zambia, Chinese firms to build 600-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower plant


Zambia has signed an agreement with two Chinese companies to build the 600-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower plant, government officials in Zambia said.

Ethiopia awards water information system contract for Beles hydro project site


Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Resources has awarded a contract for development of a water information system for the Tana and Beles subbasins, site of the 460-MW Beles hydropower project, which is under construction on the Beles River.

EIB, Ethiopian government halt cooperation on Gibe III hydro project


The European Investment Bank confirmed it has stopped funding environmental and social impact studies for the Gibe III hydroelectric power project in Ethiopia, as the Ethiopian government has found alternative sources of finance.

Egypt seeks plan to refurbish major Nile hydraulic structures


Egypt's Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare a master plan for rehabilitation or replacement of major hydraulic structures on the Nile River.

Emerson wins contract to modernize 100 Ukraine hydroelectric turbine generators


Emerson Process Management has been awarded a US$28 million contract from UkrHydroEnergo for automation systems to manage and control 100 turbine generators in nine hydroelectric power plants. UkrHydroEnergo is the main hydropower generating company of Ukraine.

Deadline approaching for hydropower turbine course


The deadline is approaching for participation in a special hydro turbine training course for technical staff and management at existing hydropower plants in Africa and developing countries. The application deadline for the International Centre for Hydropower program is Aug. 6, 2010.

Technical specialists recruited for South Africa renewables program


The government of South Africa invites proposals from consultants to serve as technical assistance specialists to the country's Renewable Energy Market Transformation (REMT) matching grant program, which includes small hydropower.

Flow benefit study sought for Cameroon's 56-MW Lom Pangar


Cameroon utility Electricity Development Corp. (EDC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to study the value to downstream hydro projects of water storage and flow regulation by the proposed 56-MW Lom Pangar hydroelectric project.

Economic analysis sought for 147-MW Adjarala hydro project in Benin


Benin utility Communaute d'Electricite du Benin (CEB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an economic analysis of the proposed 147-MW Adjarala hydroelectric project.

Renewables tariff study sought by Ghana


The government of Ghana invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop an electricity pricing model for renewable energy development including hydropower.

Senegal River agency seeks electric equipment rehab at Diama Dam


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency seeks bids for restoration of electrical and electronic equipment at Diama Dam on the Senegal River in Senegal.

Bank seeks consultants to advance Gabon hydropower


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to review Gabon's power sector to improve electricity development, especially hydropower.

Engineering, environmental work sought to refurbish Liberia's 64-MW Mount Coffee


The West African Power Pool invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare engineering studies and tender documents, environmental-social studies, and resettlement plans for the rehabilitation of the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project in Liberia.

Control Room II: Looking Further into the Future

07/01/2010 By Jery R. Stedinger and Charles D.D. Howard
In this second of a three-part series, the authors envision the role of computerized control systems in the operation of hydro generating systems and how smart technology might one day make the most of day-to-day management decisions now performed by human operators.

Lesotho seeks pre-feasibility study of 1,000-MW Monontsa


Lesotho Electricity Co. invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a pre-feasibility study of the 1,000-MW Monontsa Pumped-Storage project.

Emerson in agreement for hydro, thermal power plant upgrades and development


Emerson Process Management and Korea South East Power Company have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on modernizing hydro and thermal power plants and developing new ones in Korea, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, Emerson announced.

Consultants sought to advance Grand Inga, other major hydropower projects in Africa


The African Union Commission (AUC) plans to recruit consultants to promote public and private financing of major regional hydropower projects in Africa, focusing on the proposed 4,300-MW Inga 3 project and the proposed Grand Inga complex with a target capacity of 40,000 MW.

Gibe III hydro project construction contract awarded to Harsco Infrastructure


Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation announced that its Harsco Infrastructure business has been selected to provide specialized concrete forming equipment and related engineering support for the 1,870-MW Gibe III hydro project now starting construction in Ethiopia.

France gives major boost to UN Watercourses Convention


France is set to become the 20th country to sign up to an international convention governing the use and protection of rivers and lakes crossing or forming international boundaries, Green Cross International reported.

DR Congo seeks rehab work for 350-MW Inga 1, 1,424-MW Inga 2


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids in three solicitations for rehabilitation work at the 350-MW Inga 1 and 1,424-MW Inga 2 hydroelectric projects on the Congo River.

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