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News and information about the hydroelectric industry in Africa, including contract awards, new development projects, and multilateral bank financing.

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Bank seeks water atlas of 'watertower of West Africa'


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a water atlas of the resources of Guinea's Fouta Djallon Highland, dubbed the "watertower of West Africa" since it is the source of several major rivers in the region.

SEFA approves funding for Africa's 20-MW Saltinho hydropower project


The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has awarded a US$965,000 grant to support the development of a 20 MW hydropower project in Saltinho.

Guinea increases generating capacity with US$526 million 240-MW Kaleta hydroelectric facility


On Sept. 28, Guinea state-owned utility Electricite de Guinee commissioned the 240-MW Kaleta hydroelectric facility on the Konkoure River in west central Guinea, about 87 miles from the capital city of Conarky. Chinese state-owned China International Water & Electric Corp. (CIWEC) constructed the US$526 million scheme, which the company says has an average annual generating capacity of 965 million kWh.  

Reunion Island seeks to link irrigation systems, add hydropower


The government of Reunion Island, a French overseas department off the east coast of Africa, seeks bids for engineering services to manage interconnection of two irrigation networks and to add hydroelectric turbines to the system. 

Guinea seeks updated environmental, social studies of 90-MW Fomi hydro project


The government of Guinea invites expressions of interest from consultants to update environmental and social studies of the proposed 90-MW Fomi hydroelectric project in the upper Niger River Basin.

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International Hydropower Association announces new leadership


Ken Adams has been re-selected president of the International Hydropower Association, and other leaders were announced during the first meeting of the new board.

CEC gets go-ahead for 40-MW Kabompo Gorge hydropower plant


An implementation agreement signed this week by the Republic of Zambia and the Copperbelt Energy Corp. essentially serves as the approval for development of the 40-MW Kabompo Gorge hydroelectric plant.

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from September-October 2015

Small Hydro


The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from September-October 2015

Case Study: Energy Production Forecast for Run-of-River Plants


The authors share information on a tool developed to assist in energy production at run-of-river hydro plants.

Winding up hydro with composite shaft bearings


A new hydrodynamic hybrid bearing and shaft seal has been launched into the hydropower sector by Wärtsilä. The bearing is manufactured from fibre and epoxy-based composite materials.

SHARE: A Framework for Sharing the Water in a Hydro Resevoir


Hydropower is at the heart of the water-energy-food nexus. Developing hydropower projects that incorporate catchment areas and several purposes must be done equitably and involve internal and external stakeholders. Although benefits can conflict at times, they are also often complementary.

World News


News on the global hydroelectric industry from September-October 2015

Guinea developing hydro project

Guinea considering Chinese partner to build 550-MW Souapiti hydro


The energy ministry of Guinea is reportedly looking to partner with a Chinese company to build the 550-MW Souapiti hydro project.

Viewpoint: The Most Sustainable Development


New analysis reveals that the climate targets so far submitted to the United Nations by governments worldwide will lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C.

Dams and Civil Structures


The refurbishment work recently completed on Hydro Tasmania’s Rowallan Dam won the utility a Tasmanian Project of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Tech Notes


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Africa agency extends deadline for strategic plan, law review, hydromet upgrade for Zambezi River Basin


The eight-nation Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to develop a strategic plan, harmonize national water laws and upgrade the hydro-meteorological system for the Zambezi River Basin Management Project in southern Africa.

Uganda awards ILF Consulting Engineers a contract for the 44.5-MW Muzizi hydroelectric project


In August, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd. (UEGCL) awarded a US$95 million design and construction supervision consultancy services contract to ILF Consulting Engineers the for the 44.5-MW Muzizi hydroelectric project. The government of the Uganda Republic owns UEGCL. 

Hydro development in Zambia

Announcements to move forward development of several hydro projects in Zambia


A recent announcement published by Bulawayo 24 indicates several hydro projects are moving forward in Zambia.