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Africa’s electricity generation crisis sparks new interest in Hydro

As power shortages become more commonplace on the continent and the demand for energy increases, it seems that Africa’s governments and utilities are opting for generation of electricity by hydropower. Even more significant is the investment that has flowed into hydropower projects and the number of PPPs, indicating a growing confidence in hydropower as a long-term, sustainable and clean energy option.

Some projects receiving funding are:

CAMEROON Memve’ele hydropower station will be built by Globeleq, who have signed the deal with the government for the new 200 megawatt power station

DRC MagEnergy, Inc. signed a preliminary agreement with INGA hydro-electric facility owner Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL) callings for the rehabilitation of all the turbines currently installed at INGA I and II.

ETHIOPIA Gibe111 Hydro Electric Power Project was signed between the Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCO) and SALINI Construction, an Italian construction company.

MADAGASCAR The German Cooperation Agency, GTZ, has lent its support to the feasibility studies for a mini-hydropower plant and distribution networks to be implemented in the Lokoho river basin

NIGERIA The Mambilla station is part of Nigeria’s National Integrated Power Plants (NIPP). The Nigerian government has pumped US$2.5 billion into the NIPP project to strengthen power transmission infrastructure and the distribution network.

UGANDA The World Bank Group has to date invested US$360 million investment of loans and guarantees for Uganda’s Bujagali Hydropower Project and The European Investment Bank (EIB in London signed the documentation for a loan of the equivalent of EUR 92 million loan to be extended to Bujagali Energy Limited. (BEL), a private company established in Uganda to build, own and operate a 250 MW hydro-electric project on the upper Nile at Bujagali

Hydropower Africa 2008 takes place from the 4th-6th March 2008 at the Protea Balaika Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.  Hosted by ESI Africa, this crucial forum promises to focus on implementation aspects of Hydropower projects, from financing and environmental issues to feasibility, design and contruction to asset management and maintenance.

Programme brochure now available: Over forty industry-elite speakers will give their insights into how to make hydropower a viable and sustainable energy option for Africa.  To receive a programme brochure contact Nicole Smith: nicole@spintelligent.com or visit

Sign-up today! For registration information contact Patricia Kazaka: patricia@spintelligent.com or visit www.esi-africa.com/events