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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.

ABB generator circuit breakers to protect hydropower plants in China


Technology and automation group ABB will supply generator circuit breakers (GCBs) to major hydropower plants coming up in China as part of power sources to China's "West to East power transmission" program, ABB reported.

Fiscal Austerity Should Not Exclude Hydro


Widely anticipated, the decision by the UK government to mothball plans for a giant tidal barrage across the Severn Estuary should come as no great surprise. Projects designed to tap the huge tidal range at the river’s mouth have been mooted for perhaps a century, and in such financially constrained times the government cannot be blamed for shying away from what is potentially a £34 billion (US$50 billion) drain on the public purse. A punishing austerity program will not stretch to such grandiose ambitions, even if such a development would have supplied some 5% of the country’s total energy demand from its 8,640 MW of generating capacity and satisfied a major slice of its carbon reduction and renewables commitments.

Upgrading Thrust Bearings at Akosombo


Installation of new runners at the 1,020 MW Akosombo project revealed the inability of the existing thrust bearings to handle the higher hydraulic thrust. Replacing these bearings with a new runner plate and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bearings significantly reduced unit operating temperatures and eliminated recurring cavitation damage.

Sinohydro to build 108 MW hydropower project in Iran


China's Sinohydro has signed a deal to build a 108-MW hydropower project in Iran, the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) reported.

Norconsult wins supervision contract for Ghana dams, weirs


Norconsult has signed a contract with the Ghana Water Company Ltd for further services on the Dam Safety and Rehabilitation Project, Norconsult announced.

Senegal River agency extends call for manager of 250-MW Manantali, 63-MW Felou


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to manage the 250-MW Manantali and 63-MW Felou hydroelectric projects in Mali and the related transmission system.

Sinohydro wins engineering, civil works contracts for Song Bung 4 hydro project


Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has awarded China's Sinohydro Corporation Limited several contracts worth a combined US$92.7 million to provide engineering and civil works of the 156-MW Song Bung 4 hydroelectric project on the Song Bung River in Vietnam's Quang Nam Province.

European Investment Bank to provide EUR 140 million for Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program


The European Investment Bank has approved a EUR 140 million loan for the EUR 282 million (US397.3 million) Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program in Lesotho, EIB reported.

Senegal River agency seeks manager for 250-MW Manantali, 63-MW Felou


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites applications for pre-qualification to manage the 250-MW Manantali and 63-MW Felou hydroelectric projects in Mali and the related transmission system.

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