Chinese firms win Rusomo dam deal
KIGALI, RWANDA-- Construction of the 80 megawatt $340 million Rusomo hydroelectric dam on the border of Rwanda and Tanzania took a major step forward after the first works contracts were signed last week.
The contract for the design and construction of the dam civil works, including the project’s dam, tunnels, powerhouse and other infrastructure went to a consortium comprised of the
China Geo-engineering Corp. and Jianxi Water and Hydro Construction Limited.
Andritz Hydro was awarded the contract to manufacture and supply the plant’s electrical and mechanical equipment. Both contracts together are worth about $75 million.
According to the World Bank which is providing financing, the objective of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project is to increase power supply of electricity to the national grids of Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Each of the three countries will receive 26.6MW of power and construction is expected to be completed in 2019.
There are five project components; the International Development Association supports four, and the Africa Development Bank supports one involving disbursements of $121 milion.
The first component comprises civil works for the access to and construction of power facilities, offices, and housing. The second component comprises mechanical and electrical works
Each of the three countries will receive 26.6MW of power and construction will take 3 years
for hydro-mechanical equipment, turbine-generator sets and auxiliaries, generation substations, and power complex control and communications equipment.
The third component will finance the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP).
The fourth component will finance owners engineers to assist with overall project management and implementation of the ESMP and RAP.
The fifth component consists of the construction of three transmission lines from Rusumo to Gitega, Burundi, Kigali, Rwanda, and Nyakanazi, Tanzania.
These transmission lines will connect the power station at Rusumo to the national grids of Rwanda and Burundi, and supply electricity to the western mining provinces of Tanzania
FUTURE POWER SOURCE: The World Bank and African Development Bank are jointly financing the project.