Local hydropower plants receive international recognition

11 May 2017

South Africa-based independent power producer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) has received the Monsonyi award for excellence in hydropower from the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

The award recognises individuals within IHA’s membership for outstanding contributions to the sector.

“Huge potential exists for hydropower development in Africa and we have achieved many notable goals over the past decade,” says REH MD Anton-Louis Olivier, whose company has developed hydropower projects, near Bethlehem, in the Free State.

REH develops hydropower plants from the green-field stage through to financial close and operates the plant. The company has partnered with engineering and infrastructure advisory group Aurecon to develop and implement the Stortemelk, and the Merino and Sol Plaatjiehydropower plants.

Aurecon technical director Bertrand Rochecouste Collet comments that these projects have delivered “many firsts” for hydropower stations in South Africa. He points out that Aurecon is working with REH on several other schemes. 

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