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Sweco is to carry out a feasibility study for floating solar technology...
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AfDB president says African renewables offer huge investment opportunities for Japan
African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina has urged Japenese businesses to invest more in renewables and other vital sectors in Africa, including the hydropower sector.
Multiconsult to assess floating solar PV in Ghana
Volta River Authority, with support from the German Development Bank KfW, has selected Multiconsult to assess the potential for installing a floating solar PV plant on Lake Volta –...
US sends envoy for GERD talks
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (SEHOA) Mike Hammer is to visit Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Ethiopia, providing US support in a bid to forge a diplomatic resolution...
More hydro needed in Africa, says report
An additional 40GW of hydropower is needed in Africa by 2030, a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has suggested, which would require doubling investment, with...
AfDB to advise on 1500MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to provide advisory services for the development of the $4.5 billion 1500MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project in Mozambique.
IFC to support Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project, Mozambique
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is to collaborate with Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resource and Energy (MIREME), through the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric...
LHDA launches procurement of a programme management unit for Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has launched procurement activities for a Programme Management Unit (PMU) for management, oversight and reporting during...
Environmental flows project finalized in Lesotho
The Lesotho EFlows Project was recently finalized by Multiconsult and partners, with the policy recommendations set to be a benchmark for other similar water and hydropower studies...
LHWP II awards contract for critical component of phase II work at Lesotho Highlands Water Project
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the tender for the construction of the Polihali Operations Centre, a critical component of Phase II of the Lesotho...
Nyamwamba II hydro plant operational in Uganda
Serengeti Energy has announced that its 7.8MW Nyamwamba II hydropower plant on the Nyamwamba river, in Kasese, western Uganda, has officially begun commercial operations.
First unit starts generation at Nigeria’s Zungeru project
The first unit at the Zungeru Hydropower Station – one of the largest hydropower projects under construction in Nigeria – officially started generating electricity on 28 March, marking...
MIGA supports first private sector led hydro plant in Gabon
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has issued guarantees to Meridiam for equity investments into Asonha Energie SA, which will build and operate the 35MW Kinguélé...
Unit 1 at Mariguina hydro plant enters trial operation in Mali
The 140MW Mariguina hydropower station on the Senegal River in Mali is under trial operation, ready to be officially connected to the grid.
First turbine starts up at Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has started up the first turbine of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) – the largest hydropower project in Africa.
Andritz secures further work on Jebba plant, Nigeria
Andritz is to modernise a second generating unit at the Jebba hydroelectric power plant on the Niger River. The technology group was again contracted by Mainstream Energy...
Minister updates progress at Cameroon’s Nachtigal project
Civil engineering works at the 420MW Nachtigal project are over halfway complete, Cameroon’s Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, updated during a recent site visit.
Bolina Booms provides log screen booms for Cahora Bassa plant, Mozambique
UK-based Bolina Booms has announced it is to provide log screen booms to help control debris at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant in Mozambique.
Kinguele Aval hydropower plant in Gabon reaches financial close
The 35MW Kinguele Aval hydropower plant in Gabon has reached financial close, with construction to start this year.
LHWP II Senqu Bridge construction tender kicks off
The Senqu Bridge construction contract under Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) went out to tender on 04 March 2021.