2 September 2002 – Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd. has awarded Alstom the contract for supply and installation of the fourth 40 MW hydroelectric unit in Kiira Hydropower Station, formerly known as New Owen Falls.
The contract is turnkey and covers turbine, generator, gates, electrical balance of plant and civil works for installation of the unit in the existing pit. Contract value for this unit is approximately €20m and time for completion is 26 months.
Kiira Power station is designed for a total of 5 units. Generators and electrical balance of Plant for the first three units were supplied by Alstom with Swedish financing and the units were commissioned during 2000-2002. This fourth unit is financed by the World Bank and the contract also includes an option for the fifth unit.
Kiira Hydro Power Station is located on the Nile river, 2 km from its source in Lake Victoria. When the five units of Kiira Power station are completed, the power station will have a total capacity of 200 MW, representing 50 per cent of the installed capacity of electrical energy in Uganda.