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

10/05/2009

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

09/25/2009

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

09/21/2009

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

09/14/2009

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

Eastern Nile countries seek planning model consultant

09/11/2009

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

09/10/2009

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

09/08/2009

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

09/04/2009

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

07/23/2009

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

07/23/2009

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

07/17/2009

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

07/01/2009

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

06/29/2009

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.

Kenya seeks bids for feasibility study of Karura hydro

06/24/2009

Kenya Electricity Generating Co. Ltd. seeks bids for a feasibility study of the Karura hydroelectric project on Kenya’s Tana River.

Russia pledges to finance 2,000 MW of hydropower for Angola

06/23/2009

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and a delegation of energy and business officials scheduled a stop in Angola June 26, 2009, just days after a Russian ambassador pledged funds to finance two Angolan hydroelectric projects totaling 2,000 MW.

Burundi seeks rehab of five small hydros, transmission

06/23/2009

Burundi’s water and electric utility seeks bids for rehabilitation of five small hydroelectric projects totaling 19.6 MW and two electricity distribution networks.

Senegal agency seeks instrumentation for 250-MW Manantali, river

06/22/2009

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency seeks bids to supply piezometers for the 250-MW Manantali Dam project in Mali as well as for the Senegal River delta in Mauritania and Senegal.

Nile Basin Initiative names water resources management support

06/19/2009

The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative has named a consortium led by a Danish firm to develop processes and software for a Basin Decision Support System for its water resources planning and management program.

Rwanda tea company seeks builder for 5-MW Giciye

06/17/2009

A consultant for Rwanda Mountain Tea s.a.r.l. invites applications for pre-qualification to construct the 5-MW Rwanda Mountain Tea Giciye hydropower project on Rwanda’s Giciye River.


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