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IRENA reports on low renewable energy costs

Renewable costs (including hydro) competitive with fossil, report finds


The cost to generate power from renewable sources (including hydro) has reached parity with or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a recent press release from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Kenya seeks owner's engineer for construction of Mwache Dam


The government of Kenya invites expressions of interest to serve as owner's engineer for construction supervision and quality assurance for Mwache Dam in Kenya.

Dam safety and rehabilitation at 1,050-MW Kariba hydroelectric project require about US$300 million


After being constructed on the Zambezi River between 1956 and 1959 by the then-Federation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi), the dam impounding water for the 1,050-MW Kariba project requires an estimated US$300 million for rehabilitation to continue safe operation, according to the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA). 

Nile Lakes states seek water quality, ecological studies for 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydro project


Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to perform water quality baseline studies and ecological baseline studies for the proposed 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River.

Mount Coffee hydro plant rehab delayed

Mount Coffee hydro plant completion date delayed due to Ebola virus


Completion of rehabilitation work at the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydro plant in Liberia has been delayed by a year due to the spread of the Ebola virus, according to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. 

Kenya seeks consultants for dam safety panel to oversee dam construction


The government of Kenya invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve on a dam safety panel of experts to oversee construction of dam and reservoir projects in Kenya.

Nigeria seeks dam safety experts to review seven dams, reservoir


The government of Nigeria invites expressions of interest from dam safety experts to serve on a panel to review and advise on dam safety and other critical aspects of seven dams and a reservoir in Nigeria.

700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric power project

Nigeria’s US$1.3 billion 700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric project deals with challenges


At one point, legal challenges from vested interests were slowing work at the 700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric project in Nigeria that was first begun in 2013, according to Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil. However, the execution of an amended bill might allow the US$1.3 billion project to move forward.

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from November-December 2014

Dams & Civil Structures


The latest news on dams and civil structures from November-December 2014

Small Hydro


The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from November-December 2014

Tech Notes


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

World News


News on the global hydroelectric industry from November-December 2014

Effects of Increased Solar and Wind Energy on Hydro Plant Operation


In many countries, needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have led to increased installation of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

Preventing Problems through Past Experience


With the potential for disaster at hydropower projects around the world, the lack of organized training programs becomes a prominent consideration in how companies manage their assets.

Harnessing the Hydropower Potential of an Irrigation Network in Japan


The addition of hydropower generating capacity to an irrigation network in northern Japan is one step closer to completion. Several sites have been identified for the installation of VLH turbines, with a total capacity of 1.433 MW.

Viewpoint: Making MHK Commercial Means Considering Commerce


Attending the Ocean Energy Europe event in Paris recently the considerable presence of developers and manufacturers signalled a long-term transformation for the sector, which - for tidal stream in particular - is now emerging as a technological reality.

EIB, other lending institutions invest in Guinea hydropower plant upgrades


Financing by the European Investment Bank will increase the cumulative output capacity at four Guinea hydropower plants from 75 MW to 122 MW.

World Bank seeks investment analysis for Africa's Cubango-Okavango Basin


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a multi-sector analysis of investment options while safeguarding the ecological status of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin of southern Africa.

Mozambique seeks Limpopo Basin water project, study of Mapai Dam


Mozambique seeks firms for design and development of a large-scale water infrastructure project in the Limpopo River Basin as well as a feasibility study of a multi-purpose dam at Mapai in that basin.

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