Alstom receives turbine order for Uganda’s 600-MW Karuma hydropower plant

Karuma Hydropower Project

Chinese engineering and construction company Sinohydro has awarded Alstom a US$65 million contract to provide equipment and technical services for Uganda’s Karuma hydropower plant.

The 600 MW project will be located on the Victoria Nile River in Kiryadongo and Oyam districts about 15 kilometers downstream of Karuma Falls.

Per the contract, Alstom (LSE: ALO) is to provide six 100 MW Francis turbine generator sets and related equipment, with Alstom Hydro China being responsible for its design, manufacture, and supervision in installation, commissioning and testing.

“This contract further reinforces Alstom’s leading position in Africa’s hydropower market thanks to our advanced technology and long-standing expertise in hydropower,” Alstom Renewable Energies executive Jacques Hardelay said.

The Karuma project will be the largest power plant in Uganda and will proved about 50% of the country’s energy once complete.

HydroWorld.com reported that work on the $2 billion plant stalled in June 2013 due to a lack of funds before China provided a $500 million credit.

The contract is the third awarded to Alstom by Sinohydro, with others including equipment for Ghana’s 400-MW Bui and the Ivory Coast’s 270-MW Soubre hydroelectric plants.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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