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Euros 5 million earmarked for small hydro in West Africa

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will team with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the World Bank to implement a five-year programme on small scale hydro power for West Africa.

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This was announced at a regional workshop on small scale hydro power that ended in Monrovia on 20 April. The five-day event was organized by ECREEE, in collaboration with UNIDO, the World Bank, and the Government of Liberia, and supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID).

The Euros 5 million programme will be implemented between 2013 and 2018, and will “help develop local capacity, share knowledge and hydrological data, and development  policies and financial schemes”, said ECREEE. It will also promote investment for at least 60 hydro sites in West Africa and help establish a network for the local development, construction and maintenance of small hydro plants, and the production of turbines and spare parts.

The event was attended by some eighty experts from thirteen ECOWAS countries.

Additional information: Info on workshop
News date: 08/05/2012

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