Cameroon utility AES SONEL has awarded a contract to VA Tech Hydro AG to refurbish the 263-MW Edea hydroelectric project on Cameroon’s Sanaga River.
The Swiss unit of Andritz VA Tech Hydro received a contract worth 48.15 million euros (US$74.97 million) for design-build refurbishment of Edea, whose 14 units were constructed from 1949 to 1975. Three firms competed for the contract. (HNN 2/16/06)
AES SONEL, which is 56 percent owned by AES Corp. of the United States, called for turnkey rehabilitation of the project, including generating units, controls and protection, and heavy electro-mechanical equipment.
The European Investment Bank and AES Sonel signed a 65 million euro (US$82.6 million) agreement in 2007 to partially finance AES Sonel’s refurbishment program, including Edea and 396-MW Song Loulou, also on the Sanaga. (HNN 3/6/07)