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Several of Aurecon’s local hydropower development clients, including Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), have recently received international recognition for their successes, marking a stamp of approval for the progress of the hydropower industry in South Africa.

Many African countries, notably South Africa, operate in coal-fired energy economies. Energy constraints have historically been a major inconvenience in South Africa, despite Government having gone a long way in dealing with the energy shortages in the country but also diversify energy sources to more sustainable alternatives.

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Hydropower is part of South Africa’s long- term energy master plan, with the goal of sourcing 2 600 MW of hydro-electric capacity from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. While private sector investment in the Independent Procurement Programme continues to operate under uncertainty, a few local hydropower plants have recently received international recognition, marking a stamp of approval for the progress of the local industry.

One of Aurecon’s clients has been awarded a 2017 Monsonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower from the International Hydropower Association (IHA). Presented to Anton-Louis Olivier, managing director of Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), at the World Hydropower Congress, which was held in Addis Ababa from 9 to 11 May, the award recognises individuals within IHA’s membership for outstanding contributions to the sector.

“I am honoured to win this award,” said Olivier. “Huge potential exists for hydropower development in Africa and we have achieved many notable goals over the past decade. I would like to thank my team at REH as well as all of the technical advisors, engineers, consultants and stakeholders that helped us bring our visions to life.”

REH is one of the first independent power producers (IPPs) in South Africa. The company develops hydropower plants from the green- field stage through to financial close and also operates the plants. Since 2002, Aurecon has ...

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