8 February 2013

Zambia: Zesco, Alstom Hydropower Seal K18.248 Million Deal

ZESCO has signed a KR18.248 million contract with Alstom Hydropower-Europe, to supply and install runners at the rehabilitated Kariba North Bank.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lusaka on Wednesday, Zesco managing director Cyprian Chitundu said the installation of runners at the two machines was essential for the utility company as each will be able to produce 180 mega watts.

"Installation of runners at the two generators is essential for us because it will help improve performance in that each of the two machines will be able to produce 180 mega watts.

"In order to maximise the benefits accrued from the rehabilitation programme, addendum number four valued at Euros 13,547,561.00 and ZMW 18.248,099.00 has been approved ,"Mr Chitundu said.

The rehabilitation of Kariba North Bank Power Station is one of the components of the Zambia power rehabilitation projects.

The project became effective on January 8, 2001 and lasted for 11 years after generator number four was declared commercially available on December 11, last year but that, more works need to be done to perfect the power station.

Mr Chitundu said the scope of works undertaken during the rehabilitation had been under constant review to ascertain any weakness in the power delivery system and thus, take corrective actions to ensure that the utility company gets the full benefits of the investment in the rehabilitation project.

He explained that to reap full benefits of the rehabilitation and uprating of the station, other works needed to be done.

The works that need to be done include supply and installation of DC motors for high pressure lubrication oil pumps on each unit, modifications to 110V DC switch board supply and installation of 3.3 KV and 380 V among many other works.

Mr Chitundu said Zesco was happy with the works Alstom had done and that was the reason why the utility company had requested Government to allow the contractor do the remaining works.

He urged the contractor to expedite the works which he said would last 20 months, adding Zambia's economy was growing and that the utility company was under pressure to produce power.

"So we will be depending on you to deliver the project as agreed in the contract and ensure our dream is realised," he said.

Alstom general manager Jacques Hardelay promised to deliver the quality project in time.

Zesco director generation Victor Mundende said he was happy that the utility company managed to deliver the project despite the many challenges it was faced with.

Mr Mundende said it was important that the contractor executed the works as per what had been agreed upon.

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