Alstom lands multi-million contract to supply hydropower turbine generators to Uganda’s Karuma electricity plant


Leading power generation and transmission company Alstom has been awarded a multi-million contract to provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for Uganda’s largest electricity plant.

Image credit: flickr user: Global Panorama
Image credit: flickr user: Global Panorama

The contract, worth approximately A$82 million, was awarded to Alstom by the Chinese company Sinohydro and represents the third contract between the companies following their successful cooperation on the Bui hydropower project in Ghana and the Soubre project in Côte d’lvoire.

Under the agreement, Alstom will provide six 100MW Francis turbine-generator sets and related equipment for Uganda’s Karuma Hydropower Project, whereas Alstom Hydro China (AHC) is responsible for the equipment design, manufacturing, supervision to the installation, commissioning, testing as well as site services.

“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 honoured to be able to contribute to Africa’s power development plan,” said Jacques Hardelay, Hydro Senior Vice President in Alstom’s Renewable Energies in a press release.

“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.

The Karuma electricity plant, which is located along the River Nile in the districts of Kiryadongo and Oyam, 15 km downstream Karuma falls, is the largest hydropower project in Uganda with a capacity of 600MW. Once the project is completed, the plant will provide 40% of Uganda’s power supply and greatly contribute to the social and economic growth locally.