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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.  

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from July-August 2015

Small Hydro


The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from July-August 2015

Dams and Civil Structures


UK-based construction firm Dawnus International Ltd. has signed a US$62 million contract to construct main civil works associated with the reconstruction of Liberia's 64-MW Mount Coffee hydropower plant.

Tech Notes


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Fast Track Approach to Design and Construction at Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam


The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and hydroelectric project is located 700 km northeast of the capital city Addis Abeba, in the Benishangul--Gumaz region of Ethiopia, along the Blue Nile River. When it is completed, with its concrete volume of 10.2 million m3, GERD will feature the largest dam in Africa.

World News


News on the global hydroelectric industry from July-August 2015

Viewpoint: Hydropower Storage: The Key to Pumping up the Global Renewable Energy Rollout


More than half of all the new global hydropower capacity added in 2014 was in China. According to a new International Hydropower Association (IHA) briefing, some 21.25 GW of new hydropower was installed in China that year.

Niger seeks management structure for 125-MW Kandadji Dam hydro project


The government of Niger invites expressions of interest to determine a management structure for the 125-MW Kandadji Dam hydroelectric project on the Niger River.

Lesotho seeks design, supervision of Polihali Dam, studies of 1,200-MW Kobong Pumped-Storage, conventional hydro


The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) seeks design and supervision of Polihali Dam, economic studies and development arrangements for the 1,200-MW Kobong Pumped-Storage project, and feasibility studies for conventional hydropower projects in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).

A Positive Outlook for Hydropower


As diverse as the globe itself, the world of hydropower development is a heterogeneous one, despite the industry-wide use of a single resource – water.

Viewpoint: Securing Skills and Experience: The Route to Commercial Success for MHK


News that Atlantis Resources has struck a deal with Siemens to acquire the entire share capital of tidal stream technology company Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT) suggests there is no shortage of market optimism for future tidal stream energy development ...

Nigeria seeks water resources development for basin, dams


The Komadugu-Yobe Basin agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to help prepare a strategic action plan for water resources development, including optimization of two dams, in the basin in northern Nigeria. 

Liberia seeks small hydro, mini-grid feasibility studies


The government of Liberia invites expressions of interest for a feasibility study of two small hydropower projects and design of mini-grids to provide electricity to areas of Lofa County, Liberia. 

Burkina Faso seeks studies of three small hydropower projects


The government of Burkina Faso invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies and detailed design of three small hydropower projects in Burkina Faso.

DR Congo seeks water intake, canal construction for Inga hydroelectric complex


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks bids to construct a water intake and an additional supply canal for the Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River in the DRC.

Niger Basin agency seeks financing aid, dam management, studies of 90-MW Fomi hydro project


The Niger Basin Authority invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist agency financing and dam management and to study development of the 90-MW Fomi hydroelectric project in the upper Niger River Basin. 

Copperbelt Energy eyes Zambia's hydroelectric power market


Zambian power distributor Copperbelt Energy Corp. Plc has reportedly spent US$3 million to perform feasibility studies for hydroelectric power development along Zambia's Luapula River.

Mali, developer sign deal for 42-MW Kenie hydropower plant


Power and water utility Eranove Group has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Republic of Mali to finance, develop, build and operate a 42 MW hydropower project on the Niger River.

4 MW expansion of Ghana's Bui hydropower project nears completion


A 4 MW expansion of Ghana's Bui hydroelectric plant is nearing completion, according to contractor Sinohydro Corp. Ltd. of China.

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