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Hydropower News

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... 

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).... 

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... 

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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. 


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