Sudan signs China firms to heighten 280-MW Roseires Dam

The government of Sudan signed a contract April 27 with two Chinese companies to increase the height of the 280-MW Roseires Dam on the Blue Nile in southern Sudan.

Sudanese media reported Sudan President Omer Hassan al-Bashir presided over signing of the US$396 million contract with China International Water and Electric Corp. and SinoHydro Corp.

Roseires is to be increased in height 10 meters, increasing irrigation and power generation potential. Built in the 1960s, Roseires has a 1,000-meter-long central concrete buttress section with earth embankments on each side of 8.5 kilometers and 4 kilometers in length.

Water storage is to increase from to 7.3 billion cubic meters from 3 billion. It is to increase power generation at Roseires by 50 percent, double generation at 15-MW Sennar Dam on the Blue Nile, and increase potential generation at 1,250-MW Merowe Dam, under construction on the Nile. (HNN 1/18/08)

SMEC International of Australia and Coyne et Bellier of France signed contracts with Sudan’s Dams Implementation Unit for design review and preparation of contract documents for the work.

In March, the Islamic Development Bank announced US$80 million to help finance the project. (HNN 3/25/08) Funding also is coming from the Arab Fund for Economic Development, the Kuwaiti Fund for Economic Development, the OPEC Fund, and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

Sudan has conducted major work on Roseires in recent years, commissioning VA Tech Hydro to rehabilitate turbine-generator and governor equipment.

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