Africa 2013: Water Storage and Hydropower Development for Africa


We, as being Lahmeyer group (Lahmeyer International GmbH and Hidro Dizayn Inc.), participated in this important event which is co-organized by  Aqua-Media International (Hydropower & Dams), International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), and Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) and under the auspices of the African Union, and with the patronage of H.E. Alemaheyu Tegenu, Minister of Water & Energy of Ethiopia between the dates April 16th-18th, 2013 in Addis Ababa / Ethiopia.

A Photo Taken During Addis Ababa Excursion Before the Event. Ethiopian Students Performing a Short Show During the Opening Ceremony

As Lahmeyer group, we made four presentations in different three sessions at the conference, where the African countries’ water resources and hydropower potentials are discussed, previous experiences are shared, and the recent international funds are introduced to the 608 delegates coming from 67 countries around the world. Our presentations were: 

  • Bumbuna HEPP Phase II – Public Private Partnership to Extend the Hydropower Generation in Sierra Leone – Mr. J. Mödinger, Lahmeyer International GmbH, Germany

  • The Simulation of the Sedimentation Process in the Merowe Reservoir in Sudan – Mr. C. Grass, Lahmeyer International GmbH, Germany

  • The Performance of the Merowe Hydropower Station (1250 MW) in Sudan During Past Five Years of Operation – Mr. E. Failer, Lahmeyer International GmbH, Germany

  • The Behaviour of the Merowe Dam in the Sudan After Five Years of Operation – Mr. Y. Scheid, Lahmeyer International GmbH, Germany


Mr. E. Failer (Executive Director, Hydropower and Water Resources Division of Lahmeyer International GmbH, Germany) While Making His Presentation 

We had the chance of having face-to-face conversation with the Ethiopian and other African countries’ representatives to discuss about their faced problems and our solutions based on our knowledge and experience in Africa. We would be pleased to serve for PIDA (Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa) – a programme for socio-economical development and poverty reduction throughout the continent, as launched by the cooperation of AU – African Union, NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) and  African Development Bank (AfDB).   

We are very thankful to the organizers of this successful event and African Union and H.E. Mr. Alemaheyu Tegenu, Minister of Water & Energy of Ethiopia which all gave us the opportunity to meet with the public authorities and the private sector representatives. 

Seating For Closing Ceremony;

Appearing Upper Line, Left to Right: Mr. Miheret Debebe, CEO, EEPCo; H.E. Mr. Alemaheyu Tegenu, Minister of Water and Energy of Ethiopia; Mr. Adama Nombre, President, ICOLD

Appearing Lower Line, Left-to-Right: Mr. Niels Nielsen, Executive-Secretary,  IEA (International Energy Agency); Mr. Dr. Jacques Moulot, Chief Energy Specialist, African Development Bank


Please click this link to reach the file “World Declaration: Dams and Hydropower for African Sustainable Development, Approved on November 24th, 2008 in Paris by AU, UPDEA (Transporters and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa, WEC (The World Energy Council), ICOLD, ICID (The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage), and IHA (the International Hydropower Association)” which was distributed during the event.


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