Alstom to equip Uganda’s 255-MW Bujagali for US$251 million

Alstom of France announced that Alstom Hydro’s full contract to equip Uganda’s 255-MW Bujagali hydroelectric project totals 160 million euros (US$251 million).

Alstom Hydro, a joint venture of Alstom and Bouygues, received the order from turnkey civil works contractor Salini Hydro Ltd. of Italy, Alstom said March 17. Bujagali is being built on the Victoria Nile River in Uganda.

Work is to include design, manufacture, and supply of five 51-MW Kaplan turbine-generators, balance of plant, and hydro-mechanical equipment. Equipment is to be manufactured at Alstom facilities in France, Switzerland, and India.

Alstom subsidiary Alstom Projects India Ltd. previously announced it won a 3.5 billion rupee (US$87.5 million) share of the contract. (HNN 2/22/08)

Development partners Sithe Global Power LLC and Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd. (IPS) announced financial closing in December of a US$682 million construction debt facility for Bujagali. Construction began last August at Jinja, Uganda, with completion expected in 2011.

Sithe Global of the United States and IPS, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for African Development, are owners of Bujagali Energy Ltd. (BEL), the hydro project’s development consortium. BEL is implementing the project in a public-private partnership with state-owned Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd.

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