India firm named to build Rwanda’s 28-MW Nyabarongo

Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure has awarded a turnkey contract to a consortium led by India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to build the 28-MW Nyabarongo hydroelectric project on Rwanda’s Nyabarongo River.

BHEL said the 4 billion rupee (US$95 million) contract includes turnkey execution of hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment. Nyabarongo (also called Nyaborongo) is to be located between Ngororero District in Western Province and Muhanga District in Southern Province.

India is providing an US$80 million line of credit to the project via the Export-Import Bank of India. Rwanda lawmakers approved legislation accepting the first US$20 million tranche of the funding in March. (HNN 5/30/08) Under terms of the financing, India companies are to build the project with 85 percent of the equipment to come from India.

BHEL said it is to supply two 14-MW Francis turbine-generators, transformers, controls, monitoring and protection system, and switchgear. Officials previously said work is expected to begin in September and be completed in 2011.


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