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Partnership to advance small hydropower plant development in Africa


Hydroneo Afrique and African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) are partnering to develop a pipeline of small hydropower plants across Africa.

Africa fund seeks civil, EM works for Uganda's 10-MW Achwa 3 hydro project


The Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) invites expressions of interest to carry out civil and electro-mechanical works of the 5- to 10-MW Achwa 3 hydroelectric project in Uganda.

Kenya water agency seeks dam safety design, supervision for Thika Dam rehabilitation


Kenya's Athi Water Services Board invites expressions of interest to perform dam safety design and supervision for Thika Dam rehabilitation. 

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International Hydropower Association releases 2015 Hydropower Status Report


The International Hydropower Association announces availability of its 2015 Hydropower Status Report.

Rwanda leases 22 small hydroelectric plants to private consortium


On Aug. 27, Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure government announced it has leased 22 small hydropower projects located in the northern and western provinces to private investors to spur the country’s hydroelectric energy program. According to energy experts at the ministry, the plants would add about 24.6 MW of hydroelectric energy to the national grid. 

Liberia seeks O&M, training for rehabilitated 88-MW Mount Coffee hydro project


Liberia's electric utility invites applications for pre-qualification to provide operation, maintenance and training services for the rehabilitated 88-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project in Liberia.

Zambezi authority seeks gate, spillway investigations at Kariba Dam hydro complex


The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) invites applications for pre-qualification to inspect and investigate an emergency gate and spillway of the Kariba Dam hydropower complex on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. 

Phase 2 begins for Kenyan US$580,000 320-kW Ndurumo micro-hydroelectric project


Phase 2 of the Ndurumo hydroelectric project on the Kathita River in Meru County, Kenya is set to begin in September with the construction of a penstock for a 320 kW micro-hydroelectric facility. Estimated total cost for the entire project is US$580,000.  

Consultants sought for two-nation Africa grid linked to 18.65-MW Boali 1, 2 hydro projects


The national utility of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to support tendering and construction to interconnect the grids of DRC and the Central African Republic (CAR) to the 18.65-MW Boali 1 and 2 hydro projects, themselves candidates for rehabilitation. 

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Kenya tea agency breaks ground on Lower Nyamindi small hydro project


The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. broke ground Aug. 18 on its 1.8-MW Lower Nyamindi small hydro project.

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Low water in Lake Kariba lessens hydro production in Zambia


The amount of water in Lake Kariba is at its lowest in 20 years, with the reservoir being just 40% full in July, according to multiple news sources.

Nigeria inaugurates 400-kW Tunga small hydroelectric project


Power to Sardauna, Taraba, Nigeria has increased with the Aug. 14 commissioning of the 400-kW Tunga hydroelectric project on the Donga River.  

Uganda signs US$95 million agreement to develop 44.7-MW Muzizi hydroelectric project


Germany’s state controlled KFW Development Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the government of Uganda, signed a US$95 million agreement this week to construct the 44.7-MW Muzizi hydroelectric project on the Muzizi River in the district of Kibaale, which borders the Ndaiga and Hoima districts in western Uganda. 

DR Congo seeks engineers, specialists to help develop 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute hydro project


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from engineers and other specialists to help develop the 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute hydroelectric project on the Congo River in the DRC. launches for HydroVision International 2016

08/11/2015, the one-stop location for all things related to the world’s largest hydro event, is up and running for HydroVision International 2016. The conference and events are scheduled for July 26-29 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

Niger seeks lender's engineer to monitor 125-MW Kandadji Dam hydro project


The government of Niger again invites expressions of interest to serve as lender's engineer to monitor construction of the 125-MW Kandadji Dam hydroelectric project on the Niger River.

Africa agency seeks strategic plan, law review, hydromet system upgrade for Zambezi River Basin project


The eight-nation Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) invites 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.

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Sudan releases plans to add 500 MW of hydroelectric capacity by 2020


Sudan has approved the Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity for Enhancing Electricity Power Service plan, a document detailing how to increase hydroelectric power generation in the country from 1,500 MW to 2,000 MW by 2020. 

AHC to supply US$78 million in equipment to Nigerian 700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric project


Alstom Hydro China (AHC) was awarded a contract worth about US$78 million by China National Electric Engineering Co., Ltd. to provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for the US$1.3 billion 700-MW Zungeru hydroelectric project on the middle and upper reaches of the Kaduna River near Zungeru, Niger, Nigeria.  

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