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World Bank via AGLI uses US$1 billion to support hydroelectric projects


The World Bank Group announced US$1 billion to support the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) through various programs to help the countries in the region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) improve their health and education services, expand cross-border trade and finance hydroelectric projects. 

“Ebola-free” Liberia resumes US$230 million rehabilitation project at 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric facility


Rehabilitation and upgrade work was suspended at the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric facility near Monrovia, Liberia, on the Saint Paul River in early August 2014, following the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 4,600 people.  

Green bonds and traditional funding combine to finance hydroelectric projects


As funding needs increase for all types of hydroelectric and additional renewable energy infrastructure -- so called green projects -- money from municipalities and federal jurisdictions may likely combine with green bonds from private investors to complete project-finance. 

Nigeria seeks dam safety training, design, studies, supervision of dam work


The government of Nigeria invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide dam safety training, design and feasibility studies and construction supervision of multi-purpose reservoir and irrigation projects.

DR Congo seeks sedimentology, pricing, intake capacity studies for 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute hydro project


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a sedimentology study, an electricity pricing study and an intake capacity study of the proposed 4,800-MW Inga Basse Chute hydroelectric project on the Congo River in the DRC.

Database for renewable project developers

IRENA launches tool to help renewable project developers, including hydro


The International Renewable Energy Agency announces the availability of its Project Navigator tool, intended to give renewable energy project developers the knowledge, tools, case studies and best practices needed to support completion of their projects.

Senegal River agency seeks environmental, feasibility work for hydro rehab, grid expansion


A unit of the multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist in environmental and social assessments and feasibility studies for the Manantali II program of hydropower system rehabilitation and expansion of its transmission system to deliver hydropower to member countries. 

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.

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