GE Renewable Energy has been awarded a $87 million contract by Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) to provide seven 60-MW Francis turbines for the new Nachtigal hydropower plant in Cameroon.
The new 420-MW hydropower plant will be located on the Sanaga River near the Nachtigal Falls, 65 km from the capital city of Cameroon. It is expected that the Nachtigal plant will cover 30% of the country’s electricity demand, amounting to an annual output of nearly 3 TWh.
The project will be conducted with Elecnor in the consortium led by GE Renewable Energy.
GE’s hydro teams are responsible for the whole coordination of the project, including the design, manufacturing, erection supervision and commissioning of the turbines and generators, control system and mechanical balance of plant. The contract will be managed by GE Renewable Energy’s Centers of Excellence in Belfort, Grenoble (France) and Tianjin (China).
Elecnor will supply, manufacture, install and commission the electrical balance of plant, the high-voltage substations. They will also manage the powerhouse finishing works as well as the erection on site.
“Nachtigal hydropower plant is one of the pillars supporting the energy development plan that is implemented in Cameroon,” said Pascal Radue, president and chief executive officer of GE’s Hydro Solutions. “We are proud to support the country in this significant transformation and work closely with Nachtigal Hydro Power Company. When the plant is fully in operation in 2023, the population will benefit from a facilitated, improved and sustainable access to renewable electricity.”
NHPC is jointly owned by the Republic of Cameroon, EDF, International Finance Corporation, Africa 50 and STOA (a French investment vehicle that focuses primarily on Africa).