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Nile Lakes states pre-qualify firms to build, equip 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydro project

03/02/2015

Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite applications for pre-qualification to carry out civil works, hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment, a transmission line and switchyard of the proposed 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River.

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Mauritius seeks dam design experts for three dam construction projects

02/26/2015

The government of Mauritius invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve on an independent panel of experts to advise on development, construction and expansion of three dams on the Indian Ocean island.

West African Power Pool seeks hydropower consultant for multiple hydro projects

02/20/2015

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as a hydropower expert to support preparation and implementation of hydropower projects in the region.

Small Hydro

02/17/2015

The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from January-February 2015

Tech Notes

02/17/2015

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

A Decade of Sustainable Hydropower Development – What Have We Learned?

02/17/2015

The way the World Bank Group approaches hydropower has changed and the lessons learned from this re-engagement are informing those undertaking large projects – especially in emerging economies.

Add It Up: The Cost of Renewable Energy

02/17/2015

Setting aside environmental concerns, investing in renewable energy sources is a popular decision for businesses and governments around the world. What's the outlook for renewable energy and which methods have the lowest costs? The Online Accounting Schools explore.

Guidance and Sage Advice Exist for Dam Design and Construction

02/17/2015

Processing important aspects of dam-related modeling means using a computer and hard-earned work experience.

Upgrading Two Pumped Storage Plants to Variable Speed

02/17/2015

Two French pumped storage hydropower plants of a similar vintage and sharing some design features - but with specific hydraulic design requirements - are being upgraded, one to variable speed. Work so far suggests that such a conversion is an effective approach.

World News

02/13/2015

News on the global hydroelectric industry from January-February 2015

DR Congo seeks communications consultant for 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute, medium hydro

02/12/2015

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop and implement a communications strategy for the agency managing the proposed 4,800-MW Inga Basse Chute hydroelectric project and several proposed medium-sized hydro projects in the DRC.

DR Congo seeks carbon credits consultant for 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute, medium hydro

02/05/2015

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to evaluate options for carbon credits sales for the proposed 4,800-MW Inga Basse Chute hydroelectric project and several proposed medium-sized hydro projects in the DRC.

Zambia seeks construction supervision for Mwomboshi Dam

02/03/2015

The government of Zambia invites expressions of interest for construction supervision of Mwomboshi Dam in Chisamba District of Zambia's Central Province.

Eskom pumped storage hydroelectric projects slowed by load shedding in South Africa

02/02/2015

Eskom, the South Africa-based company that supplies 95% of the country’s energy, is unable to generate at full capacity at two of its pumped-storage facilities mainly operated during periods of peak electricity demand. The hydroelectric projects have a total capacity of 1,400 MW, but due to a combination of maintenance, supply and demand issues, Eskom recently announced it was entering Stage 1 load shedding to maintain water levels at its pumped storage facilities. 

Lesotho seeks bids to develop Polihali Dam; hydro project studied

01/29/2015

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority invites proposals to implement several portions of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), including construction of Polihali Dam and a water transfer tunnel.

IRENA reports on low renewable energy costs

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

01/22/2015

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

01/22/2015

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

01/16/2015

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

01/13/2015

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

01/09/2015

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. 

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