16 January 2013 – Alstom has won a US$327 million contract to supply hydroelectric equipment for the first phase of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project located on the Blue Nile. Under the contract, signed with Metals & Engineering Corporation of Ethiopia, the company will deliver turbines and generators for the hydro power plant, totalling a capacity of 3,000 MW.Once complete, Grand Renaissance will be the largest hydroelectric facility in Africa with a total output of 6,000 MW.
In the first phase Alstom will be responsible for installation of all electromechanical equipment, including eight 375MW turbines and eight generators. The company will oversee engineering and power plant commissioning, which is scheduled to start in late 2013 and is expected to continue for over three years.
Alstom will also supervise a programme to develop skills and know-how in the area of hydroelectricity in the region. Alstom Renewable Power president Jérome Pécresse says, "In Ethiopia, Alstom is already supplying wind turbines for the Ashegoda project and is willing to play a major role in developing Ethiopia’s energy sector, enabling the country to drastically increase its power production capacity and develop local skills."
Alstom has supplied its equipment to hydropower plants in Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.The firm is currently executing two contracts to supply turbines and generators for the 120MW Ithezi-Thezi hydro power plant in Zambia, and the retrofit of the 712MW Inga 2 hydroelectric plant in Congo.