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Small hydro project approved for Liberia

Agreement signed to develop small hydroelectric plant in Liberia


Hummingbird Resources has signed a collaboration agreement to begin planning and developing a small hydroelectric plant in southeast Liberia.

Zambia seeks construction of Mwomboshi Dam, reservoir


The government of Zambia invites applications for pre-qualification for construction of Mwomboshi Dam in Chisamba District of Zambia's Central Province.

Nile Basin agency seeks studies of 350-kW Nyimur hydro project in Uganda, South Sudan


The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies and environmental and social impact studies of the 350-kW Nyimur multi-purpose hydroelectric project in the Aswa River Basin on the border of Uganda and South Sudan.

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from March-April 2015

Small Hydro


The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from March-April 2015

Dams and Civil Structures


The dam impounding water for the 1,050 MW Kariba project on the Zambezi River requires an estimated US$300 million for rehabilitation and continued safe operation, according to the Zambezi River Authority.

Tech Notes


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Including Pumped Storage Hydro in Long-Term Generation Planning


A simplified method is available for evaluating the role of pumped-storage hydro plants in a utility's long-term planning. The method, previously used for ranking conventional power plants, can be adapted for quick analysis of the competitiveness of pumped-storage projects.

Norway Hosting 83rd Annual ICOLD Meeting


Dam use, upgrades and engineering are some of the focuses of the 25th Congress of the International Commission on Large Dams, which is being held this year in Norway.

Integrated Modeling Technology -- Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Return on Hydro


The International Energy Agency predicts hydropower capacity doubling to 2000 GW by 2050 and, whilst the opportunities are great, development of hydropower undoubtedly poses complex challenges and risks.

Assessing Demand and Opportunities in Asia: The 2015 World Hydropower Congress


Led by China, with 300 GW in installed hydro capacity, Asia is experiencing a boom in hydropower development. In May, many of the world's leading figures in water and energy will gather in Beijing for the 2015 World Hydropower Congress.

World News


News on the global hydroelectric industry from March-April 2015

Viewpoint: Keep the "Funnies" Dead Forever


On Jan. 30, I learned Britain celebrated the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's funeral with, among many things, radio and television re-broadcasts of the state funeral.

Burundi seeks more social, environmental assessments of 31.5-MW Jiji, 16.5-MW Mulembwe hydro projects


Burundi's water and electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform additional social and environmental assessments of the 31.5-MW Jiji and 16.5-MW Mulembwe hydroelectric projects being developed in Burundi's Bururi Province. 

UNEP report quantifies small hydro investment

Report quantifies contribution of small hydro to global renewables investments


According to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report, 2014 brought a rebound of green energy investments worldwide, surging 17% to $270.2 billion. This reversed the investment dip of the past two years. In addition, renewables (excluding large hydro) reached 100 GW of installations.

Swaziland seeks pre-feasibility study of Ngwempisi hydro cascade


The government of Swaziland invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a pre-feasibility study of the Ngwempisi hydropower cascade on Swaziland's Ngwempisi River.

Technical audit sought for plunge pool rehab at Africa's Kariba Dam


The European Union invites applications for pre-qualification to conduct regular technical audits of dam safety work to reshape the plunge pool of Kariba Dam, site of three hydroelectric projects on the border of Zambia and Zimbabe.

Water ruminations from a hydro mindset


Is water, the fuel that powers hydroelectric generation, really free? 

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Nigeria commits to developing hydroelectric power during World Water Day 2015 event


An official from Nigeria's Ministry of Water Resources has said it will include or add hydroelectric power generating facilities to all existing and future dams within the country.

Senegal River agency seeks study of its basin water resources program


The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to study the impact of its program of integrated management of Senegal Basin water resources.

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