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US Agency to support Kenyan hydro development
18 August, 2017
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Joule Africa in 25-year power deal with Sierra Leone government
Saturday, August 05, 2017 Joule Africa has announced it has signed a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Government of Sierra Leone that will see the company expand its hydropower developments.

Cambambe 2 opens in Angola
Thursday, July 27, 2017 The 700MW Cambambe 2 hydropower plant has been officially opened in Angola, significantly expanding the country’s electricity generating capacity.

6th anniversary of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam celebrated in London
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 The 6th anniversary of the start of construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) was recently celebrated in the presence of more than 500 members of the Ethiopian...

Small hydro mapped out in West Africa
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Small-scale hydropower development potential has been mapped out in 14 West African Countries in a project undertaken by Pöyry, working in conjunction with the Economic Community of...

Cross border electricity link to benefit hydropower projects
Thursday, June 08, 2017 The first cross-border energy supply between four West Africa countries has been officially inaugurated, with the 1303 km electricity interconnector expected to allow existing and...

Liouesso dam inaugurated in Congo Republic
Thursday, June 01, 2017 The Congo Republic now has a hydropower capacity of 214MW following the inauguration of the 19.9MW Liouesso Dam project.

ABB to upgrade Inga-Kolwezi power link
Thursday, May 04, 2017 A transmission link which carries power from the Inga hydropower station on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the mining district of Katanga in...

Operations start at Uganda’s Siti 1 project
Thursday, May 04, 2017 The 5MW Siti 1 run-of-the river hydropower plant in Uganda’s Mount Elgon area has begun operations, generating electricity for 60,000 homes, schools and businesses in the area.

Dominovas Energy acquires rights to build Angolan hydro plant
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Dominovas Energy Corporation is to finance, build and operate an 18MW hydropower plant in northwestern Angola after securing exclusive rights for the project from the country’s government.

Rusumo Falls project to break ground next week
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 The 80MW Regional Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project in Rwanda is set to start construction soon, with the official groundbreaking ceremony to be held 30 March.

Renaissance Dam generation capacity revised up to 6450MW
Thursday, March 16, 2017 The installed hydropower generation capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has increased to 6450MW, with generator upgrades.

Plans to attack Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam foiled, says Ethiopia
Thursday, March 02, 2017 Plans to attack the 6000MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have been thwarted, Ethiopia has claimed, with Tsadeq Hagos, the Ethiopian State Minister for communication, stating...

Multipurpose scheme inaugurated in Sudan
Thursday, February 09, 2017 The Upper Atbara and Setit Dam Complex’s 320MW hydroelectric power plant has been officially inaugurated in Eastern Sudan, in a ceremony attended by Sudanese President, His...

Bujagli sale falls through
Thursday, February 02, 2017 Norway’s SN Power will not take a stake in the 250MW Bujagali hydropower project in Uganda as a previously announced deal to buy SG Bujagali Holdings, Ltd’s (SGBH) partial ownership...

Gibe III inaugurated in Ethiopia
Thursday, December 29, 2016 Electricity production in Ethiopia is set to almost double thanks to the inauguration of the 1870MW Gibe III project – the tallest hydroelectric dam in the country.

Inauguration for Liberia’s Mount Coffee plant
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 The first generating unit at the Mount Coffee hydropower project in Liberia will enter operation this week with the official inauguration of the plant scheduled for December 15.

IHA to host side events at COP22
Thursday, November 10, 2016 The International Hydropower Association has announced it will host two side events at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, next week.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Treaty signed
Thursday, October 27, 2016 A tri-partite treaty agreement between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt has been signed in Khartoum for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, sparking the launch of a water resources...

Ethiopia to export hydro to Tanzania
Friday, September 23, 2016 Tanzania has agreed to purchase 400MW of hydroelectricity from Ethiopia, the fourth African nation to sign a power purchase deal with the country joining Kenya, Djibouti and Sudan.

REH commissions third hydro plant in South Africa
Friday, August 26, 2016 Hydro developer Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd (REH) has begun commercial operations of its 4.5MW Stortemelk Hydro plant, the third hydro scheme developed by the company in...

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