Developer awards civil works, equipment contracts for Africa’s 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant

Rusumo Power Co. Ltd. has awarded a pair of contracts worth about US$75 million for the construction and supply of electro-mechanical components for the 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydropower plant in Africa.

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) invited pre-applications for the work last in March 2015 and signed the contracts this week on behalf of Rusumo Power.

The first, awarded to a consortium comprised of the China Geo-Engineering Corp. and Jianxi Water & Hydro Construction Ltd., covers the design and construction of Rusumo Falls’ civil works, including the project’s dam, tunnels, powerhouse and other infrastructure.

The second contract was awarded to Andritz Hydro and includes the manufacture and supply of the plant’s electrical and mechanical equipment.

Rusumo Falls will be located on the border of Rwanda and Tanzania, with transmission lines interconnecting those countries and Burundi. Construction of the $340 million hydroelectric plant is expected to begin next year, with operation scheduled for 2019. reported NELSAP — a unit of the Nile Basin Initiative, recruited consultants in January 2015 to perform water quality and ecological baseline studies for Rusumo Falls.

Rusumo Power Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, also recruited a manging director for the project in 2014.

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