Alstom has won a contract from Chinese state-owned engineering and construction firm Sinohydro for supply of electromechanical equipment and technical services to Uganda’s Karuma Hydropower Project.

The €58m ($65m) contract is Sinohydro’s third with Alstom, and includes delivery of six 100 MW Francis turbine-generator sets and related equipment. Alstom Hydro China will design, manufacture, commission and test the equipment.

The 600 MW Karuma project, located on the Nile river, is Uganda’s largest, and is expected to provide 40 per cent of the nation’s power when it comes online in 2018. Of the estimated $1.7bn project cost, 85 per cent is financed by Sinohydro (with a loan from the Chinese Ex-Im bank) and 15 per cent by the Ugandan government.

Work on the project was restarted in 2013 with an infusion of funds from China after it had stalled due to lack of money to begin construction.  

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