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ABB wins contract for Ingula pumped-storage hydro plant in South Africa


Technology and automation group ABB has won an order worth $23 million from Eskom, South Africa's leading electric utility, to supply an electrical balance of plant (eBoP) solution for the Ingula pumped-storage hydropower plant, currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa.

Eskom signs loans to fund pumped-storage hydropower plant, thermal plant


South Africa power utility Eskom said it has signed two export credit agency loans for a total of 171.7 million euros (US$217.3 million) to fund parts of its Ingula pumped-storage hydro plant and its Medupi thermal plant, wire services reported.

Niger seeks environmental, social plan for valley of 125-MW Kandadji


The government of Niger invites expressions of interest from consultants to help implement an environmental and social management plan in the area of the proposed 125-MW Kandadji Dam on the Niger River.

Namibia seeks consultants for Lower Orange hydro projects


Namibia Power Corp. (NamPower) invites applications for pre-qualification from consultants to advance development of several hydropower projects on the Orange River between Namibia and South Africa.

Control Room III: Finding Work for Humans

09/01/2010 The seemingly boundless capability of expert systems and other computerized systems is rapidly changing the roles of both hydropower machinery and personnel. Some day, cyber systems could be doing it all — except the jobs that are too mundane, or too messy, for machines.

Resettlement: A New Paradigm


A vital aspect of hydro project development is the resettlement of those people affected by an installation, its creation and continued operation. The author proposes a new resettlement theory based on the concept of consumer utility. This theory is intended to provide a method by which developers can ensure that resettled people are adequately compensated.

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Ethiopia seeks planning, decision support for Tana-Beles sub-basins


Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Resources invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide planning and decision support system development for the Tana and Beles sub-basins, site of the 460-MW Beles hydroelectric project.

Nile Basin Initiative seeks water resources modeling support


The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform data processing and modeling for a Basin Decision Support System (DSS) for its water resources planning and management program.

Rehabilitation sought for Nigeria's 540-MW Jebba, 760-MW Kainji


Power Holding Co. of Nigeria (PHCN) seeks expressions of interest or bids in three solicitations for rehabilitation work at the 540-MW Jebba and 760-MW Kainji hydroelectric projects on the Niger River in Nigeria.

Mozambique approves 1,500-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project


Mozambique's government has approved construction of the US$2 billion Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project on the Zambezi River, with the project slated to begin construction in 2011.

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.

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