Mozambique to collaborate with IFC on new $4.5 bn, 1.5 GW hydropower project


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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) on the implementation of the 1.5 GW Mphanda Nkuwa Hydropower Project and its associated transmission facilities. The $4.5bn project will be constructed in Mozambique’s central Tete Province that borders Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. […]

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First turbine comes online at Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam


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On Sunday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed presided over a ceremony that marked the start of power generation at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s first turbine (375 MW). The 6,000 MW hydroelectric station is Africa’s biggest and most controversial and has been in construction for about a decade. The multi-billion dollar mega-dam was built on […]

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ANDRITZ selected once again for new unit at Jebba hydropower plant


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ANDRITZ has announced today it received another order from Nigerian private power generating company Mainstream Energy Solutions (MESL) for the modernization of unit 2G5 at the 578.4 MW Jebba hydroelectric station in Nigeria. ANDRITZ was the original manufacturer for all six fixed blade (propeller) type runners at the hydropower plant, which was commissioned back in […]

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Mainstream Energy Solutions selects contractor for an additional 300 MW at Kainji hydropower plant in Nigeria


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Mainstream Energy Solutions (MESL) signed a contract yesterday in Abuja with Power China Huadong Engineering Corporation for rehabilitation works at its Kainji hydroelectric facility in Nigeria. MESL has been operator of the 760 MW Kainji hydropower plant and the 578.4 MW Jebba hydropower plant in Nigeria since their privatization in 2013.   The contract signed […]

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Tanzania celebrates key milestone at 2 GW Julius Nyerere hydropower plant


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Earlier today, Tanzania celebrated the readiness of the Julius Nyerere’s main dam for its first phase of reservoir impounding. The project’s water storage basin reached a depth of 95m in its mid-section, allowing for the start of water filling. The project has been under construction since 2019, with the engineering, procurement and construction executed by […]

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Gabon on the move: what you need to know ahead of the Gabon Oil, Gas & Energy Summit in Libreville this week


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Nested in the Gulf of Guinea, Gabon has built itself a reputation of environmental stewardship and sustainable development of its natural resources. The country of less than 2.5m notably hosts Africa’s largest forest elephant population and is covered at 88% by rainforest. Despite being an established offshore hydrocarbons province, Gabon is steadily diversifying away from […]

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Why wind and solar would offer the DRC and South Africa better energy deals than Inga 3


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by Grace C. WU, Smith Conservation Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara and Ranjit Deshmukh, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara Seven years ago the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) proposed the Inga 3 – a 4.8GW hydropower project on the Congo River – with great fanfare. Third in a series […]

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