MWH to provide engineering for Uganda’s 255-MW Bujagali

MWH of the United States has been named to provide engineering services over four years during construction of the 255-MW Bujagali hydroelectric project on Uganda’s Victoria Nile River.

MWH said July 1 it received a US$3.8 million contract to provide technical assistance to the owner, design review, construction drawing review, and assistance during start-up and commissioning during the 44-month engineering and construction phases.

MWH previously developed a request for qualifications and tender documents for bidding and selection of an engineering-procurement-construction contractor. Bujagali Energy Ltd., a joint venture of Sithe Global Power LLC and Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd. (IPS), is developing the project under a build-own-operate-transfer agreement with the government of Uganda.

Sithe Global and IPS announced financial closing in December of a US$682 million construction debt facility for Bujagali. A delegation of lenders visited the project in March to review the status of environmental and social management plans. (HNN 3/24/08)

Construction began last August at Jinja, with completion expected in 2011. Alstom Hydro received a 160 million euro (US$251 million) contract from turnkey civil works contractor Salini Hydro Ltd. of Italy to supply five 51-MW Kaplan turbine-generators, balance of plant, and hydro-mechanical equipment.

The project includes a 30-meter-tall rock and earthfill embankment dam, a concrete gravity dam, a main spillway with two radial gates and one flap gate, an emergency spillway, a concrete powerhouse with an integral intake, and a 132-kilovolt substation.

Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. awarded a contract to an India company, Jyoti Structures Africa, to construct transmission lines and substations to link the hydro project to Uganda’s national grid. (HNN 4/14/08)

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