Chi­nese firms win Ru­somo dam deal

East African Business Week - - ENERGY -

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.

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