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Hydropower News

British International Investment commits $200m to hydropower in Africa

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 UK development finance institution British International Investment (BII) has committed $200-million over the next several years to help fund hydropower projects in Africa. This would be the largest investment in hydropower by BII in its 74-year history. 

WWF report calls for insurers to block high-impact hydropower projects

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 Nonprofit organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has released a comprehensive Insurers’ Guide to Hydropower, which calls for insurers to block high-impact hydropower projects, while offering advice on the assessment and management of the risks posed by hydropower to people, nature and... 


Company receives a Queen’s Award

10th June 2022 Combustion management solutions provider Autoflame Engineering is delighted to announce that the company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. 

Company to exhibit at Enlit Africa in June

27th May 2022 With advanced submetering instrumentation and intelligent energy management solutions, industrial power and energy meter solution manufacturer Accuenergy is proud to be exhibiting at Africa's leading energy event, Enlit Africa 

Energy transition to be discussed at Enlit

27th May 2022 As South Africa experiences yet another period of load-shedding, the option of generating electricity for personal use is starting to look all the more attractive. 

First hydrogen-burning power plant operational

27th May 2022 Energy supplier Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Long Ridge) – a subsidiary unit of transportation and infrastructure company Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and an affiliate managed by asset management firm GCM Grosvenor – announced a successful first step to transition Long... 

An image of a hydrogen burning plant
HYDROGEN POWER PLANT Long Ridge Energy delivers first gas hydrogen burning plant

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

IFC signs agreement to support 1 500 MW Mozambique hydropower project

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Development finance institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a collaboration agreement with the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project Implementation Office (GMNK) to develop a 1 500 MW hydropower project and associated transmission facilities to increase access to clean... 

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Another renewables installation record forecast for 2022, but higher costs to linger

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2022 A record 295 GW of new renewables capacity was installed globally in 2021 and the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting that installations will rise to about 320 GW this year, despite elevated costs for both solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind. Solar PV is forecast to account for 60% of... 

Solar PV is forecast to account for 60% of the 2022 increase
Solar PV is forecast to account for 60% of the 2022 increase

LHDA awards Polihali Operations Centre construction contract

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2022 L&M, a joint venture between Lesotho company LSP Construction and South Africa-registered Mofomo Construction, has been awarded the tender for the construction of the Polihali Operations Centre by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA). The construction of the centre is a critical... 

An artists impression of the Polihali Operations Centre

African miners aggressively pursuing decarbonisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2022 Mining companies are aggressively pursuing decarbonisation at their operations, with a myriad of different strategies, and varying timelines across the spectrum of miners, but with the same end-goal of reducing carbon emissions and ultimately achieving net-zero operations. This was indicated by... 

The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine
The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine

Ethiopia turns on the turbines at giant Nile hydropower plant

By: Reuters     21st February 2022 Ethiopia began producing electricity on Sunday from its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a multibillion-dollar hydropower plant on the River Nile that neighbours Sudan and Egypt have worried will cause water shortages downstream. After flicking a digital switch to turn on the turbines in... 

Global Energy Association receiving more nominations from developing countries

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2022 Energy research and projects organisation the Global Energy Association has seen a sharp rise in the number of countries represented by candidates for the yearly Global Energy Prize. The association hopes to expand its international representation, as developing countries are playing an... 

Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project progressing in line with 2025 completion date

By: Donna Slater     7th February 2022 Zambezi river hydropower authority the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) reports that it is progressing with work on the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project (KDRP), which comprises projects to reshape the plunge pool and refurbish the spillway gates. The KDRP has been ongoing since 2017 and is... 

An image of Kariba Dam
Kariba Dam

Hybrid energy systems needed to transition Africa away from coal  

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 A combination of renewables, storage and flexible gas are needed to create a stable and resilient energy system that provides a reliable source of electricity while transitioning away from carbon-intensive coal-fired power, marine and energy technology company Wärtsilä Energy Europe and Africa VP... 

A rendering of a hybrid energy solution
Wärtsilä’s hybrid power plants combine flexible engine power plants and energy storage, easily integratable with renewable assets

Winding completed at KZN power storage station

28th January 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) performed a significant rewind in 2020 after being contracted by German original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Voith Hydro to wind the stator of Unit 1 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Drakensburg hydro pump storage... 

A photo of M&C technicians working in the large area left inside the stator after removal of the rotor at Eskom’s Drakensburg Hydro pump storage power station
WIND UP M&C technicians worked to install several hundred stator bars as part of the complex stator winding operation

Firms and households tap rooftop power as load-shedding risk lingers

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2022 Improving technologies, which reduce deployment costs, as well as lower tariffs and thousands of hours of sunshine every year, along with the continued challenges of State-owned power utility Eskom’s load-shedding, will likely drive more citizens and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

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LHDA awards Katse village, lodge upgrade construction tenders

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2021 Development agency the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded a M131-million construction contract for upgrades to the Katse Village and increased capacity at Katse Lodge. The Katse Village upgrades contract is the first of four housing construction contracts to be awarded as... 

An artist's impression of the Katse Lodge
An artist's impression of the Katse Lodge

Water-poor Egypt eyes quadrupling desalination capacity in five years

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 Water-scarce Egypt aims to more than quadruple desalination capacity by granting private companies concessions from its sovereign wealth fund to build 17 plants over the next five years with sustainable solar energy. The plan fits into Egypt's push to diversify its sources of fresh water for a... 

Zambia's State power firm Zesco has $3.5bn debt - energy minister

By: Reuters     15th October 2021 Zambia's State power utility Zesco had a total debt of $3.5 billion as at September 2021, Energy Minister Peter Kapala told parliament on Friday. He added that Zesco had made $400 million in loses between 2018 and 2019 owing to the depreciation of the local Kwacha currency. 

Opinion: Combatting climate change with green energy solutions for Africa

15th October 2021 In this opinion article, Standard Bank head of sustainable finance, wholesale clients Greg Fyfe and head of power, wholesale clients Rentia van Tonder write that Africa has no choice but to join the global drive toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions; however, the continent must facilitate a... 

A photo of Greg Fyfe
Greg Fyfe

Hydro project set to boost green credentials of giant DRC copper complex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2021 While Kamoa Copper, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is on track to become the second-largest copper mining complex globally, and the biggest in Africa, it is also poised to be among the greenest of copper mines. This is largely on the back of the project being completely powered by... 

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China's CMOC eyes solar and hydro for Congo copper/cobalt expansion

By: Reuters     5th October 2021 China Molybdenum Co (CMOC) is looking to tap more hydropower projects and potentially use solar energy as it expands its production of copper and cobalt in Democratic Republic of Congo, its vice-chairperson said. Steele Li, who is also chief investment officer at CMOC , said the company was... 

Congo reviews $6.2bn China mining deal as criticism grows 

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began reviewing a $6.2-billion minerals-for-infrastructure deal with China that’s faced growing criticism since President Felix Tshisekedi came to power almost three years ago. Congo’s council of ministers agreed to create a commission to investigate “major... 

Sefa provides $1m to modernise Africa’s hydropower fleet

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2021 African Development Bank (AfDB) managed fund, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa), has approved a $1-million grant for the modernisation of Africa’s aging hydropower fleet. The grant will fund the mapping and evaluation of African hydropower facilities’ rehabilitation needs. 

Zimbabwe turns to Mozambique, Zambia to Ease 12-Hour Power Cuts

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2021 Zimbabwe asked Mozambique and Zambia to supply it with more electricity as it tries to fill a power shortfall that’s led to outages of 12 hours a day. “We are in discussions with Mozambique for the recently commissioned power plants to give us an additional 180 MW,” Energy Minister Soda Zhemu... 

UN council urges Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to restart dam talks

By: Reuters     16th September 2021 The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to resume African Union-led talks to reach a binding deal "within a reasonable timeframe" over the operation of a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. Egypt and Sudan had both called on the council to help resolve... 

Zimbabwe utility to cut power by 12 hours a day amid shortage

By: Bloomberg     13th September 2021 The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution said Sunday it has begun daily 12-hour power cuts due limited generation at its thermal plant and repairs on the dam at Kariba Hydro Power Station. The company “is experiencing a power shortfall due to generation constraints at Hwange Power... 

Eskom offers business customers a trial Renewable Energy Tariff 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has launched the Renewable Energy Tariff pilot programme to assist businesses who have corporate renewable energy commitments. This, the entity said on September 1, enables customers to source a blended electricity supply with up to 100% of their electricity from... 

Pic/Image of Eskom's Sere wind farm.
Eskom's Sere wind farm.

Zimbabwe private power industry held up by currency dispute

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2021 Zimbabwe’s State electricity company is awaiting the outcome of international arbitration in a currency dispute with the country’s biggest private power producer that’s holding up other investments. Nyangani Renewable Energy, which operates solar and hydropower plants in Zimbabwe and Malawi, took... 

Treasury publishes draft renewable energy premium rates

By: Donna Slater     11th August 2021 To allay uncertainties associated with the renewable energy (RE) premium rates of the Carbon Tax Act, the National Treasury has published a new draft RE Premium Notice, proposing the removal of the limitation of the tax period for which the RE premium rates would be applicable. The Carbon Tax... 

Polihali dam construction tender marks start of final water transfer component

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) says the Polihali dam construction tender process marks the start of the final construction phase of the water transfer component under the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and follows on the tender, issued in May, for the... 

LHDA calls for tenders for the construction of Polihali dam and appurtenant works 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has called for the submission of tenders for the construction of Polihali Dam and appurtenant works under phase 2 of the multibillion rand bi-national Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Interested and suitably qualified tenderers have until... 

Fund lends €25m to Côte d’Ivoire clean energy hydropower project

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), owned by the Private Infrastructure Development Group, is lending €25-million over 18 years to Ivoire Hydro Energy (IHE), which will build a 44 MW hydroelectric plant on the Bandama river near the village of Singrobo, in Côte d’Ivoire. Financial... 

Ethiopia says second filling of giant dam on Blue Nile complete

By: Reuters     20th July 2021 Ethiopia has completed filling the reservoir of its huge dam on the Blue Nile river for a second year and the plant may start generating power in the next few months, a minister said on Monday, a move that has already angered Egypt and Sudan. Addis Ababa says the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam... 

ATI provides Malawi solar PV plant with liquidity support

By: Schalk Burger     16th July 2021 Insurance agency African Trade Insurance (ATI) Agency has provided the 60 MW Salima solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Malawi, with a revolving liquidity guarantee that can be drawn following any payment delays by the national offtaker, namely the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).... 

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