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Bujagali to get sh428b equipment

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st March 2008 03:00 AM

ALSTOM Hydro, a French joint venture company, intends to supply hydro and electro-mechanical equipment worth 160m euros (about sh428b) for the Bujagali hydro-power project.

ALSTOM Hydro, a French joint venture company, intends to supply hydro and electro-mechanical equipment worth 160m euros (about sh428b) for the Bujagali hydro-power project.

By Ibrahim Kasita

ALSTOM Hydro, a French joint venture company, intends to supply hydro and electro-mechanical equipment worth 160m euros (about sh428b) for the Bujagali hydro-power project.

Under the turnkey contract signed with Italian civil works constructor, Salini Hydro, Alstom will provide five turbine-generators, control and protection systems and balance of plant.

Manufacturing will be shared among the group’s facilities in France, Switzerland and India. The Bujagali project is scheduled to be completed by 2011.

Philippe Cochet, the president of Alstom, said: “This contract reinforces Alstom’s presence in Africa where we have been building hydro plants for decades. Our successes in Africa are due to our integrated solutions and advanced technology.”

The Bujagali run-of-river scheme will reuse the water released from the Nalubaale and Kiira hydro plants, which are River Nile’s only hydro-electricity generating facilities.

Bujagali is expected to relieve Uganda’s acute power shortage.

The project is a public-private partnership between the Government, the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company and Bujagali Energy, a consortium of private sponsors.

Construction of the $868m (about sh1,484b) hydro-power project has continued smoothly despite Kenya’s post-election violence.

There were fears that the violence would affect the supply of fuel and construction equipment to the 250MW project, leading to delays.

However, a visit to the project’s site in Jinja revealed that works have progressed with construction of the aggregate (crushing) and batch plants.
Salini has also erected infrastructure like a production and crushing plant and access roads and is blasting sediment rocks on the river bed.

Excavation works on a concrete structure for the powerhouse have started on the dry river bed on the River Nile channel to the left side of Dumbell Island.

A powerhouse is where generators that will convert the fast-flowing water into electricity will be installed. There will be five generators designed for the project.
A project manager said special gates would be left after the powerhouse is constructed to allow water to flow as they close the other side of the river to empty it to allow works to go on.

Bujagali to get sh428b equipment

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