China firm signs EPC contract for 63-MW Felou in Mali

China’s SinoHydro Corp. Ltd. has signed an engineering-procurement-construction contract to build the 63-MW Felou hydroelectric project on the Senegal River in Mali.

The three-nation Senegal River development organization, Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS), awarded the 125.7 million euro (US$162 million) contract to SinoHydro earlier this year. (HydroWorld 1/29/09)

SinoHydro said it signed the contract May 18, 2009, with officials of the implementing agency, OMVS’ Societe de Gestion de l’Energie de Manantalie (SOGEM).

SinoHydro is to provide study, manufacture, supply, civil construction, assembly, testing, start-up, and on-site assistance to OMVS during the project’s guarantee period.

Felou is to have three 21-MW bulb or Kaplan turbines designed for a flow of 500 cubic meters per second and a head of 14.8 meters. It is to include a 630-meter diversion channel on the left bank of the river and a three-kilometer, 225-kilovolt transmission line to Kayes station.

The work is to require 38 months. Upon completion, Felou is to supply 340 million kilowatt-hours annually via existing grid to consumption centers in the four OMVS member countries, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal.

The European Investment Bank approved 11 million euros (US$13.9 million) in funding for Felou in 2006. The World Bank also approved US$75 million in credits to Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal to help finance construction of Felou.

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