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Canada's Hydro Tech solves bearing problems at Africa hydro project


Hydro Tech, Inc. and the Volta River Authority of Ghana, Africa, have completed the installation of two of six custom-designed thrust bearings at Ghana’s 1,020-MW Akosombo Generating Station, Hydro Tech announced.

Nile group seeks integrated water management study of Kagera Basin


The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a feasibility study of an integrated water resources management program for the Kagera River Basin of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Nile group seeks basin project studies in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania


The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare feasibility studies and investment proposals for the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin of Kenya and Uganda and the Mara River Basin of Kenya and Tanzania.





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Nile group seeks studies of Kagera reservoirs including hydro


The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies of multi-purpose reservoirs, including hydropower, in the Kagera River Basin of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Kenya eyes hydropower investments in Ethiopia


Kenya says it wants to invest in new hydroelectric plants in neighboring Ethiopia to cover a domestic shortfall in power supplies, Kenya Electricity Generating Co. told Bloomberg.

Egypt, Sudan seek sediment management at 1,200-MW Aswan


The governments of Egypt and Sudan plan to seek equipment and consulting services for sedimentation mitigation and sustainable management of Lake Nasser/Nubia, formed by Egypt's 1,200-MW Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.

Niger seeks relocation consultants for 125-MW Kandadji


The government of Niger invites expressions of interest from consultants for three contracts involving social and economic relocation of residents in the area of the proposed 125-MW Kandadji Dam on the Niger River.

Ethiopia to build 10 hydroelectric projects


The government of Ethiopia said it will build 10 hydroelectric projects over the next decade at a cost of US$10 billion, according to, an online news service in Ethiopia.

World Bank study: Africa needs more hydropower


A new study from World Bank shows that almost half of the $93 billion needed to improve Africa’s infrastructure must be spent on the construction of new power supplies.

Ethiopia celebrates completion of Tekeze hydroelectric project


Ethiopia’s 300-MW Tekeze hydroelectric project, the largest public works project in Ethiopia’s history, is complete, said Colorado-based MWH, the engineering and construction firm that oversaw the design and construction.

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.

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