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Hydropower News

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).... 

Giant dam is messing up water in Africa even before it is filled

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2021 As Ethiopia begins diverting 13.5-billion cubic meters of water from the Blue Nile river to its controversial new megadam, residents of Sudan to the south fear a repetition of last year’s devastating drought. The second stage of filling the $4.5-billion reservoir is ratcheting up tensions between... 

Egypt notified that Ethiopia has resumed filling of giant dam

By: Reuters     6th July 2021 Egypt's irrigation minister said on Monday he had received official notice from Ethiopia that it had begun filling the reservoir behind its giant hydropower dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), for a second year. Egypt has informed Ethiopia of its categorical rejection of the measure,... 

IFC, Canada invest in Kinguele Aval hydropower plant in Gabon

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2021 Development finance institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and various Canadian government organisations are providing a financing package for the 35 MW Kinguele Aval hydropower plant, in Gabon. Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund FIPS, Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Parallel... 

US Security Council likely to meet next week on Ethiopia dam

By: Reuters     2nd July 2021 The United Nations Security Council will likely meet next week to discuss a dispute between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt over a giant dam built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile, French UN Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere said on Thursday. Arab states earlier this month called on the 15-member council to... 

Hydropower important for storage, just transition to low-carbon electricity – IEA

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2021 Hydropower's role in achieving a clean energy transition and in supporting the faster expansion of solar and wind generation capacity, is undervalued, the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) inaugural 'Hydropower Special Market' report states. Hydropower has a key role in the transition to... 

Hydropower important for storage, just transition to low-carbon electricity – IEA

Zimbabwe faces lengthy power outages after surge hits plants

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2021 Zimbabwe faces prolonged power outages after a surge in electricity imports from neighboring South Africa overloaded its network and caused generating plants to fail, Energy Minister Soda Zhemu said. The surge caused a nationwide blackout in the early hours of Monday, as it affected output at the... 

South Africa’s reliance on Inga 3 hydropower project ‘a grave risk’, organisations warn 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2021 Civil society organisations International Rivers and WoMin African Alliance have published a report that they say provides, for the first time, an independent and authoritative account of the true cost of the Inga 3 hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for South Africa.... 

Civil war hardens Ethiopian Nile-dam stance, Sudan Minister says

By: Bloomberg     22nd June 2021 The carnage of Ethiopia’s civil war is making its rulers less willing to compromise with Sudan and Egypt in a dispute over the imminent filling of its giant Nile dam, a Sudan official said, as his government urges the United Nations to prevent any unilateral move. With Ethiopia embroiled in an... 

Congo picks Australia's Fortescue to develop giant hydro project

By: Reuters     15th June 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) government said on Tuesday Fortescue Metals Group would develop the Grand Inga hydroelectric power project, including a 4,800-megawatt dam that has already been committed to Chinese and Spanish developers. Australia's Fortescue confirmed earlier on Tuesday... 

Andrew Forrest
Andrew Forrest

Sudan says it is open to conditional interim deal on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     14th June 2021 Sudan is open to a partial interim agreement on Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, on specific conditions, Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas told a news conference on Monday. The conditions include the signing-off of everything that has already been agreed on in... 

Egypt and Sudan urge Ethiopia to negotiate seriously over giant dam

By: Reuters     10th June 2021 Sudan and Egypt agreed on Wednesday to coordinate efforts to push Ethiopia to negotiate "seriously" on an agreement on filling and operating a giant dam it is building on the Blue Nile, a joint statement said. The two countries, which are downstream from the dam, issued the statement after... 

AfDB provides $140m loan for Tanzania hydropower project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2021 Finance institution the African Development Bank Group and the government of Tanzania have signed loan agreements totalling $140-million to finance the construction of the 50 MW Malagarasi hydropower plant in Western Tanzania. The agreements cover a $120-million sovereign loan from the bank and... 

Four energy scenarios that may define Southern Africa’s energy transition

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Four vastly different energy transition scenarios, from very ambitious to the least ambitious, were posited by management advisory Africa International Advisors integrated energy practice leader Henry Gilfillan this week. The four scenarios, presented during a webinar on hydrogen, gas and... 

Ivanhoe, DRC utility partner to deliver hydropower for Kamoa mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2021 To support the continued successful performance of the Kamoa mining complex, Ivanhoe Mines Energy DRC, a sister company of Kamoa Copper, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to establish a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC’s)... 

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2021 The long lag between the establishment of community trusts that own a portion of the independent power producer (IPP) projects procured through South Africa’s renewables procurement programme and the flow of dividend income into these trusts has been identified in a new research report as a major... 

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness

Hydrogen companies enter green economy MoU

By: Claire O'Reilly     30th April 2021 Green hydrogen technology company Nel Hydrogen has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global chemicals and refining industry catalysts, technology, and services supplier Haldor Topsoe. 

M4000 NEL WATER ELECTROLYSER

The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia
M4000 NEL WATER ELECTROLYSER The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia

GE, PowerChina hydro project on Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2021 GE, PowerChina hydro project on Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed The developers of a $4-billion hydropower plant on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed the project until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian proposal for data sharing on Renaissance dam

By: Reuters     12th April 2021 Egypt and Sudan on Saturday rejected an Ethiopian proposal to share data on the operations of its giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile after negotiations between the three countries in Kinshasa this week ended without progress. Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic development and power... 

Egypt says latest round of GERD talks are 'last chance' before second dam filling

By: Reuters     6th April 2021 The latest meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam may be the last chance to re-launch talks before it is filled for the second year in a row, Egypt said in a statement on Sunday. The meeting concludes on Monday in Kinshasa. Previous attempts at reaching... 

New independent utility emerges to pursue private-to-private power niche  

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2021 A new independent power utility has been established in South Africa to sell electricity directly to private and municipal customers rather than to Eskom. Branded Earth & Wire, the company aims to build a large-scale portfolio of renewable-energy assets and enter into power purchase agreements... 

One of Earth & Wire's existing facilities
Photo by Earth & Wire
One of Earth & Wire's existing facilities

UK Climate Investment Finance delivers 254 MW of renewable projects in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     25th March 2021 The UK international climate finance programme, UK Climate Investments, has helped finance three renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 254 MW in South Africa in South Africa. The inauguration of the 4 MW run-of-river hydropower facility Kruisvallei Hydro, in the Free State, on... 

Kruisvallei Hydro
Kruisvallei Hydro

Sudan's cabinet backs UAE mediation in border, dam disputes with Ethiopia

By: Reuters     24th March 2021 Sudan's cabinet has backed an initiative for the United Arab Emirates to mediate in a dispute over Sudan's border with Ethiopia, and over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Sudanese information minister said on Tuesday. Tensions surrounding the control of farmland in al-Fashqa, on... 

Senqu river bridge construction tender launched in early March

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2021 The tender for the construction of the largest of three bridges that will span the Polihali reservoir and that will be built as part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 – the Senqu River bridge – was released on March 4. The bridge will be the first extradosed bridge, which... 

Fossil fuels found accountable for millions of deaths

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Fossil fuels are, through a marked contribution to air pollution, accountable for 8.7-million deaths globally in 2018, which adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health, says University College London (UCL) associate... 

POISON
Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year
POISON Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year

Research shows promise in decarbonisation drive

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 The research of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) into accelerated decarbonisation scenarios for the South African power system confirms considerable opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation at low or zero net cost, says CSIR electrochemical energy technologies research... 

SAVING FOR THE FUTURE
Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy
SAVING FOR THE FUTURE Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy

Sustainability leader ramps up ESG strategy

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has begun to implement its new Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) programme for 2021 to 2025, in the hopes of significantly accelerating its progress to being a more sustainable company.   The programme is built on six long-term... 

ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics
ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics

AfDB funds $530m Angola electricity project to expand renewable energy, regional connectivity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2021 Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed $530-million to finance the construction of a 343 km, 400 kV central-south transmission line that will connect the north and south transmission grids in Angola and allow for the distribution of clean energy between... 

Sudan formally requests four-party mediation over Ethiopian dam

By: Reuters     16th March 2021 Sudan's prime minister has written to the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the US to formally request their mediation on the Nile water being used to fill Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Sudanese foreign ministry said on Monday. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok... 

Creecy proclaims three more REDZ  

12th March 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the proclamation of three more Renewable Energy Development Zones and why these are important for the country's just transition. 

Creecy proclaims three more REDZ
Creecy proclaims three more REDZ

Egypt's Sisi ups pressure for Ethiopia dam deal on Sudan visit

By: Reuters     8th March 2021 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on Saturday for a binding deal by the summer on the operation of a giant Ethiopian hydropower dam, as he made his first visit to neighbouring Sudan since the 2019 overthrow of Omar al-Bashir. Egypt also signalled support for Sudan in a dispute with... 

Kruisvallei hydro project comes on line

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th March 2021 Power project developer Red Rocket has announced the start of commercial operations at the 4 MW Kruisvallei hydropower plant, along the Ash River between Clarens and Bethlehem, in the Free State. The completion of the plant comes almost two years since construction began on March 26, 2019.  

NGO International Rivers calls on SA not to support Grand Inga scheme

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2021 International rivers and river communities rights nongovernmental organisation International Rivers has called on South Africa to withdraw its agreement to offtake electricity from the Inga 3 hydropower project being built in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). South Africa continues to... 

Construction on Inga 3 hydropower project could start by year end, ambassador says

By: News24Wire      17th February 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Jean Le'on Ngandu Ilunga has hinted that construction on the Inga 3 hydro-power project could start by the end of the year. "We believe in the coming month we will see concrete steps towards implementation. Towards the... 

Filling Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam in July threatens Sudan's security - Minister

By: Reuters     8th February 2021 Any unilateral step by Ethiopia to fill its hydropower project, called the Renaissance Dam, in July would directly threaten Sudan's national security, Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas said on Saturday. Sudan is also proposing a mediation role for the United States,... 

ZRA clarifies stakeholder engagement process, confirms Batoka construction has not started

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2021 Binational organisation the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has reiterated and clarified its Covid-19-impacted stakeholder engagement process amid preparations to start building the multibillion-dollar 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydropower project on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The... 

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