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Alstom secures 375MW hydroelectric turbine contract in Ethiopia

08 Jan 2013

Energy solutions provider Alstom has signed a 375MW turbine supply contract with Ethiopia-based Metals & Engineering Corporation (METEC) for the Grand Renaissance dam in the country.


The scope of the €250m contract also includes the supply eight generators and monitoring of electromechanical equipment installations at the plant.

Equipped supplied by Alstom will be employed in the first phase of the project that is being built acorss the Blue Nile River.

The company will additionally provide engineering and power plant commissioning services which will commence post-July 2013 and will be staggered over a three-year period.

Commenting on the contract Alstom Renewable Power president Jérome Pécresse remarked that the deal reinforces the company's presence in the hydropower market of Africa.

"With the supply of the first high-capacity turbines in a short lead time, Alstom demonstrates its ability to meet the country's power needs as quickly as possible," noted Pécresse.

The Grand Renaissance power plant, once fully completed, will be the largest hydropower facility on the continent with an estimated capacity of 6,000MW.