29 November 2002 – Exercising the option in the contract signed with Alstom in August this year for delivery of the fourth unit (40 MW) to Kiira power station, Uganda Electricity Generation Company has awarded Alstom a supplementary order for the complete supply and installation of the fifth 40 MW unit in the existing pit.

The contract value is approximately €10m ($9.93m) and the scope of supply includes turbine, generator, control and governing equipment and civil works for installation of the unit in the existing power plant. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2004.

The company’s hydro division in Västerås, Sweden, is responsible for the management of both projects.

During 2000-2002, Alstom supplied generators and other electrical equipment for the first three units with Swedish financial support (SIDA). The World Bank is financing the two units currently on order.

Kiira Power station (previously known as Owen Falls Extension) is located on the Nile river, 2 km from its source in Lake Victoria. When the units are delivered, the station will have a capacity of 200 MW, which corresponds to 50 per cent of Uganda’s total installed capacity.

Last week South Africa’s Eskom won a contract to operate both the Kiira and Nalubale hydropower stations for Uganda. The $500 000m 20-year concession will allow Eskom to supply power the Ugandan Electricity Transmission Company.