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The plant that collapsed - Prudencia - is the biggest one of the three plants of Dos Mares

EIB financed hydroelectric plant collapses in Panama

After heavy rains a turbine of the Dos Mares project collapsed on October 16 before it even became operational [1]. A critical report by Counter Balance [2] this spring, among other things, warned for the poor construction of the project.  “It is high time for the EIB to thoroughly evaluate this disastrous project it should […]

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NGO response to Salini’s misinformation on the “STOP GIBE 3” campaign

Counter Balance, Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale (CRBM), Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT) and International Rivers launched a campaign last week to halt the Gibe 3 Dam in Ethiopia (www.stopgibe3.org ). The Gibe 3 project contractor, Salini Costruttori, reacted publishing misleading and highly debatable information in two related press releases dated March 26 […]

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Ethiopia’s newest dam suffers tunnel collapse days after inauguration

Rome, Italy — A critical water-passage tunnel in the newly inaugurated Gilgel Gibe 2 hydropower project in Ethiopia reportedly collapsed this week. With a price tag of EUR 374 million and a capacity of 420 megawatts, Gilgel Gibe 2 is currently Ethiopia’s biggest power plant. The project channels the water discharged from the Gilgel Gibe […]

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RDC Grand Inga Dam is Conrad’s Nightmare – The World’s Biggest Dam and Development’s Heart of Darkness

“Under the guise of bringing power to poor Africans, development banks are looking to put tens of billions of public money into a flight of fantasy that would only benefit huge Western multinationals and quite possibly feed African energy into European households,” said Anders Lustgarten, Counter Balance /Bretton Woods Project (UK), which scrutinises the World Bank and IMF.

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Bujagali falls (foto International Rivers)

Ugandan citizens’ complaint against EUR 95 million EIB loan for Bujagali Hydropower Dam

Press Release, Brussels, 25 November 2009. The Bujagali Hydropower Project is a 250-megawatt power-generating facility developed by Bujagali Energy Limited, a joint venture between Kenya-based Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, and US-based Sithe Global Power, with construction by Italy’s Salini. Following the findings of a field mission in Uganda […]

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Bujagali: testimony of Ugandan NGOs in case against EIB

Interview with Frank Muramazi from Ugandan National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), who speaks about the case of Bujagali Hydropower Dam.

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Lilian Ikal Angelei speaks about the Gilgel Gibe III dam in Ethiopia

Lilian Ikal Angelei of grassroots organization Friends of the Lake Turkana in Kenya speaks about EIB involvement in the Gilgel Gibe III dam in Ethiopia during April’s 2009 “World in Crisis” conference in Prague.

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On a wing and a prayer: a bird’s eye view of dams

Ahead of the International Day of Action for Rivers in March that opened the 2009 alternative World Water Forum in Istanbul, Counter Balance presents some of the bird-brain thinking that accompanies the construction of big dams in the developing world.

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“EIB must withhold funding Bujagali dam until major problems are addressed”

Following a highly critical assessment from a World Bank body on the impacts of the USD 799 million Bujagali dam in Uganda, the campaign coalition Counter Balance has called on the European Investment Bank (EIB), a joint funder of the controversial project with the World Bank, to withhold any further disbursement of its USD 130 […]

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Gilgel Gibe Affair

The Gilgel Gibe affair: an analysis of the Gilbel Gibe hydroelectric projects in Ethiopia

The study illustrates the dangers that accompany large energy infrastructure projects whenever the interests of a major private company coincide not only with weak governance in the host country but also very clear willingness from financial institutions to provide funding, in spite of alarming project oversights and impacts. The study shows how goals to eradicate […]

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