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Budhi Gandaki hydropower plant project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 The project entails the construction of a 1 200 MW hydropower plant project using an engineering, procurement, construction and financing model. 

Sale talks for Brazil's Belo Monte dam chill over price – sources

By: Reuters     26th July 2017 Negotiations for the sale of Brazil's huge Belo Monte hydropower dam have cooled due to disagreements on price and regulatory issues, three sources close to the process told Reuters. China's Zhejiang Electric Power Construction, one of the companies linked to negotiations that started in April... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Government has decided to more than double the size of its planned Inga 3 hydroelectric plant – the first stage of the much larger Grand Inga project. 

Kibali continues to deliver steady performance as it finalises full commissioning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 The two remaining components of Randgold Resources’ Kibali gold mine – its underground shaft system and a third hydropower plant – are both on track. The underground shaft system is expected to be commissioned this quarter, with the underground mine to produce about 2.2-million tonnes of ore this... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project proposes the expansion of the pumped-storage scheme, its first expansion since the hydropower plant was completed in 1974. 

World energy investment drops for second consecutive year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 Global energy investment fell by 12% in 2016, the second consecutive year of decline, as increased spending on energy efficiency and electricity networks was more than offset by a continued drop in upstream oil and gas spending, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA’s) latest ‘World... 

Clean energy’s global investment share grew to record 43% in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2017 The share of clean-energy spending rose to a record 43% of total energy-related investment in 2016, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) yearly World Energy Investment report shows. Global energy investment fell by 12% to $1.7-trillion last year, the second consecutive year of decline.... 

Gjøvik wood fibre production plant project, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The project entails the construction of a new wood fibre production plant in Hunndalen, Gjøvik.  

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The Inga 3 project is not expected to begin producing power until 2024 or 2025. 

Nigerian university expansion project receives AfDB loan

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) last month signed agreements for a corporate loan to finance the expansion of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. The expansion project consists of the construction of new facilities – including a 400-bed teaching hospital, an industrial... 

Inga–Kolwezi high-voltage direct current power transmission link project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 The project involves the partial upgrade of the 1 700 km Inga-Kolwezi transmission link. 

Malawi utility invites bids for hydropower station engineering services

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th June 2017 Malawi’s State-owned Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) is inviting bids for the provision of engineering consultancy services and an environmental audit of the Wovwe hydropower station, in the country’s northern district of Karonga. “Qualification requirements include a minimum of three... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo government has asked Chinese and Spanish consortiums vying to develop a much-delayed $14-billion hydroelectric project to work together and submit one bid. 

Lemur outlines benefits of proposed Madagascar coal project

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources expects its proposed integrated coal-fired power project in south-western Madagascar to contribute some $30-million a year to the country's economy. Further, the proposed project is exepcted to inject some $300-million of foreign direct... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Lesotjo Highlands Water Commission has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Malawi and Tanzania sign MOU for Songwe River Basin Programme 

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Malawi and Tanzania signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, which will see the two African nations work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The SRBDP was... 

Neelum Jhelum hydroelectric project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The project is scheduled to achieve a major milestone, when the second tunnel boring machine achieves breakthrough of the right headrace tunnel. 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

$126m loan approved for 75 MW geothermal project in Ethiopia

By: John Muchira     9th June 2017 Ethiopia will soon start building a 75 MW geothermal electricity project, the first of its kind in the Horn of Africa country, which is believed to have massive geothermal potential. This follows the approval of a $126-million loan from the World Bank to implement the project, located at Aluto... 

Dasu hydropower project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The Dasu project will be a run-of-river operation and will have an installed capacity of 5 400 MW.  

Isimba hydropower project, Uganda

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The project entails the construction of a 183 MW hydropower plant in Kamuli. 

Keyal Khwar hydropower project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The project entails the construction of hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 128 MW. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority will host a briefing session on June 12 to provide information pertaining to the project schedule. 

Renewable Energy Holdings signs private power supply contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Bethlehem Hydro, an independent power producer (IPP) and subsidiary of Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), has entered into a contract under which the full output from its 4 MW Merino hydropower plant, near Clarens, in the Free State, will be sold to electricity trader PowerX. REH and Bethlehem... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Water resources development and management organisation, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will host a briefing session on June 12, at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg, to provide information relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 project schedule. The... 

Ayago hydropower plant project, Uganda

By: Sheila Barradas     26th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a run-of-river scheme. 

Free State hydropower plant receives international acclaim

By: Dylan Slater     26th May 2017 The 2017 Monsonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower was recently presented by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to local greenfield independent power plants developer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) for its contribution to the hydropower sector during the World Hydropower Congress,... 

Liang He Kou hydropower plant project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     26th May 2017 The project entails the construction of a 3 000 MW hydroelectric plant. 

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

AME welcomes Edie Thome as new president, CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2017 The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) has appointed outsider Edie Thome as president and CEO of the association, effective from June 19, replacing Gavin Dirom, who leaves to pursue other opportunities. Thome brings a wealth of experience in government relations, permitting and public... 

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

Standard Bank provides $120m debt package to increase energy supply in Zimbabwe

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 Standard Bank has finalised a $120-million debt package with Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) for the rehabilitation of existing power infrastructure at the Kariba South hydropower station and the Hwange thermal power station. The transaction is a continuation of a previous funding arrangement with... 

Dnipro 1 hydropower station modernisation project, Ukraine

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project entails the complete rehabilitation of three Francis turbines and generators. 

Karot hydropower project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 Karot is part of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative and is the first hydropower project being developed in Pakistan by China Three Gorges. 

Nedre Otta hydropower plant project, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 85 MW. 

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