Alstom India unit to equip Uganda’s 250-MW Bujagali

Alstom Projects India Ltd. announced it won a contract to supply turbine-generators and other equipment for the 250-MW Bujagali hydroelectric project, being built on the Victoria Nile River in Uganda.

Alstom Projects India, a unit of Alstom of France, said February 21 that it received a 3.5 billion rupee (US$87.5 million) contract from Italian contractor Salini Costruttori SpA. Work is to be completed by June 2011.

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 Projects India’s hydro manufacturing plant in Vadodara, India.

Development partners Sithe Global Power LLC and Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd. (IPS) announced financial closing December 21 of a US$682 million construction debt facility for Bujagali. (HNN 1/9/08)

Sithe Global of the United States and IPS, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for African Development (AKFED), are owners of Bujagali Energy Ltd. (BEL), the hydro project’s development consortium. BEL formally marked the beginning of Bujagali’s construction in August 2007 at Jinja, Uganda.

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