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Friday, 20 April 2012

ECOWAS-UNIDO workshop announces 5 million euro programme on small hydro for West Africa

MONROVIA, 20 April 2012 – 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.

This was announced at a regional workshop on small scale hydro power that ended in Monrovia today. 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 (ADC) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID).  

The EUR 5 million programme will be implemented between 2013 and 2018. It will help  develop localcapacity, share knowledge and hydrological data, and development  policies and financial schemes. 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.  

Further workshop material can be downloaded from http://small-hydro.ecreee.org