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Nile group to seek consultants for Kagera Basin including hydro


The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) plans to recruit consultants to help develop the Kagera River Basin of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, including hydropower.

Alstom to supply equipment for Namibia's biggest hydroelectric plant


Alstom Hydro, in consortium with Andritz Hydro, received a contract from Nam Power to supply equipment and penstocks for a 92-MW turbine-generator at Namibia’s Ruacana power plant.

South Africa seeks revised renewable energy policy


The government of South Africa invites expressions of interest from consultants to revise the country's renewable energy policies, which include small hydropower.

Mozambique seeks outlet rehab at Massingir Dam


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

Tanzania sees bidding in December for 8-MW Malagarasi


The government of Tanzania expects to issue bids in December 2009 for design and construction of the 8-MW Malagarasi hydroelectric project on the Malagarasi River.

Brazil and Ghana to build 90-MW project in West Africa


Brazil and Ghana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a 90-MW hydropower project on the Oti River near Pwalugu in West Africa.

Gambia River agency courts partners for 128-MW Sambangalou, 240-MW Kaleta


The Gambia River development agency invites expressions of interest from potential private sector partners in development of the 128-MW Sambangalou and 240-MW Kaleta hydroelectric projects and 1,677 kilometers of transmission lines in Africa’s Gambia River Basin.

Refurbishment: Renewing Veteran Assets and Securing New Megawatts in Zambia and Nicaragua

10/01/2009 By Ezekiel Kasaro and Mario Torres Lezama
Two owners of hydroelectric assits in Africa and Central America find that upgrading existing facilities provides, an economic means to bring additional electricity on-line.

Sinohydro to build 200-MW project in Africa


Sinohydro, China’s largest dam builder, will assume control of the 200-MW Memvele hydropower project in southern Cameroon on Africa’s Ntem River.

Equipment bidding renewed for 550-kW Befanaova in Madagascar


Italian builder Zecca Prefabbricati S.p.A. has extended the deadline for bids to supply generating equipment for the 550-kW Befanaova hydroelectric project on the Sahambano River in Madagascar.

IHA elects board


The International Hydropower Association has elected a new board of directors.

Eastern Nile countries seek planning model consultant


The Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) invites expressions of interest from international consultants to help implement the Eastern Nile Planning Model Project.

Cost of Zambia hydro project soars


The cost of expanding and upgrading the Kafue Gorge hydropower project on Zambia’s Kafue River will be well above initial estimates, according to Zesco, Zambia’s state-owned electric utility.

Long journey over for BC Hydro turbine


After a year of planning and a 75-day trip over sea and land, a 188-ton turbine ordered by BC Hydro completed its 7,450-mile trek from Brazil to Revelstoke Dam on Canada’s Columbia River.

Nile Basin seeks transboundary analysis


The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide a Nile transboundary diagnostic analysis for nine beneficiary countries.

DR Congo seeks power market consultants for giant Inga project


The Democratic Republic of Congo invites expressions of interest from consultants to help study development of a regional market for power to be generated by the giant Inga hydroelectric complex.

Nigeria seeks dam safety services for 760-MW Kainji, 540-MW Jebba


Power Holding Co. of Nigeria invites expressions of interest to provide dam safety services for the 760-MW Kainji and 540-MW Jebba hydroelectric projects.

African bank allots funds to repair Mozambique's Massingir Dam


The African Development Bank approved a US$20.6 million loan July 16, 2009, to rehabilitate bottom outlets of Massingir Dam in Mozambique.

Nile Basin Initiative seeks training for power system


The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative requests expressions of interest from consultants to provide training services in power system planning and market design for the hydropower-based region.

Ghana seeks crane, penstock rehab for 1,062-MW Akosombo


Ghana's Volta River Authority seeks bids for rehabilitation work on cranes and penstocks of the 1,062-MW Akosombo hydroelectric project on the Volta River.

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