HydroPOWER Africa: African Hydropower Week

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The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will host two events that are key to progressing sustainable hydropower in Africa in May.

The company roundtable will gather 10-20 senior representatives of African energy companies with IHA Board members to discuss what can be done to increase hydropower development in sub-Saharan Africa (15 May). A high-level roundtable will gather senior decision-makers from governments, funding institutions and key energy companies to discuss hydropower’s importance in the energy transition (15-16 May).

Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd (MESL) will co-host the Company Roundtable and be a national partner for the High-Level Roundtable. MESL specialises in hydropower generation. The company is the concession of the Kainji Hydro Electric Company, comprising the Kainji hydroelectric plant (760 MW) and the Jebba hydroelectric plant (578.4 MW). Mainstream won the bid to take over the $1.3B Zungeru Power Plant from the federal government, making MESL the largest hydropower company in Africa with above 2,000 MW.

The African Development Bank will co-host the high-level roundtable. It is a multilateral institution whose objective is to contribute to the sustainable economic development and social progress of the African countries. The African Development Bank Group comprises three entities: the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). Two of its main priorities are to light up and power Africa, and to industrialise Africa.

Listen to IHA Chair, Anton-Louis Olivier discuss the opportunities of hydropower development in Africa.

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