Alstom was awarded by the Chinese company Sinohydro a contract worth about €58 million1 to provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for Karuma Hydropower Project, Uganda’s largest electricity plant. This is Alstom’s third contract awarded by Sinohydro after successful cooperation of Bui hydropower project in Ghana and Soubre project in Côte d'lvoire.
Alstom will provide six 100MW Francis turbine-generator sets and related equipment for this project. Alstom Hydro China (AHC) is responsible for the equipment design, manufacturing, supervision to the installation, commissioning, testing as well as site services.
Located along River Nile in the districts of Kiryadongo and Oyam, 15 km downstream Karuma falls, the Karuma electricity plant is the largest hydropower project in Uganda with a capacity of 600MW. Once this project is put into operation, it will provide 40% of power supply for Uganda, greatly contributing to the social and economic growth locally.
“This contract further reinforces Alstom's leading position in Africa’s hydropower market thanks to our advanced technology and long standing expertise in hydro power and we are honored to be able to contribute to Africa’s power development plan”, said Jacques Hardelay, Hydro Senior Vice President in Alstom’s Renewable Energies.
“I also appreciate the confidence and trust that Sinohydro has towards Alstom’s products and solutions”, said Fabio Nossaes, General Manager of Alstom Hydro China.
Alstom is the world leading supplier of hydro power generation equipment and systems, with more than 25% of the global hydropower installed capacity. Leading the way in hydro innovation, Alstom technology is central to many record-breaking hydropower plants in the world, including the world’s five highest capacity hydro installations in operation. Over 100 years of experience enable the market leader to provide its customers with solutions for both new and installed power plants. Alstom Hydro China is Alstom’s largest hydropower industrial site worldwide. Over the past ten years, it has accumulated a 20% market share of the total Chinese installed capacity of large hydro equipment. Apart from China, AHC is also playing an increasingly significant role in Asian and African hydropower market with a number of export projects.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked €21.5 billion in orders in 2013/14.