Kenya Electricity Generating Co. Ltd. (KenGen) has awarded a contract to Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion S.A.U. (Iberinco) to supply a plant control system for six hydroelectric projects on the Turkwel and Tana rivers totaling 653.2 MW.
The contract, valued at 486 million shillings (US$6.6 million), calls for Iberinco to design, manufacture, install, and commission a plant control system, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, telecommunication infrastructure, and a plant information system for the six plants, plus a control center at Kamburu on the Tana River.
Iberinco is to work with Kenyan firm Power Technology Solutions to implement the project. Work is to be complete by December 2007.
Projects include 106-MW Turkwel on the Turkwel River, and five plants on the Tana River known as the Seven Forks hydro stations: 40-MW Masinga, 94.2-MW Kamburu, 225-MW Gitaru, 44-MW Kindaruma, and 144-MW Kiambere.
Iberinco said it won the contract in competition with Siemens, Alstom, ABB, Soluziona, and Tata Honeywell/GE Energy. It said the system is identical to one it developed for its Spanish utility affiliate, Iberdrola, for 58 hydroelectric projects totaling 9,000 MW.
The Spanish engineer said the contract extends its presence abroad as its first contract in Kenya and its fifth in Africa.