Ghana agency awards rehab contracts for hydro plants, grid work

Ghana's Volta River Authority (VRA) has awarded contracts to Chinese and French firms to refurbish electrical equipment at hydro projects and to equip West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) transmission facilities.

VRA awarded a US$5 million contract to Forclum Energies Services of France to refurbish switchgear at the 160-MW Kpong hydroelectric project on the Volta River. (HNN 10/30/07) Forclum was one of two bidders for the contract.

Work includes decommissioning of existing equipment and design, manufacture, installation, testing, and commissioning of new facilities for P6 � Upgrade of Kpong Generating Station Switchgear of the WAPP Coastal Transmission Backbone Project 2. It includes all electro-mechanical equipment and associated civil works to refurbish the switchyard.

VRA also awarded a US$15.5 million contract to China National Electric Wire &Cable Import/Export Corp. and Tianjin Electric Power Transmission &Transf. Eng. Corp. JV No. 8 of China. The Chinese companies were among seven bidders to upgrade electro-mechanical equipment at the 1,062-MW Akosombo hydroelectric project switchyard on the Volta River and the Volta switchyard. (HNN 7/7/06)

That work includes decommissioning of existing equipment and supply, installation, and commissioning of package P3 &4, to upgrade the switchyards, including expansion of the control building and repair or modification of defective foundations and concrete structures.

VRA awarded a US$3 million contract to Dongfang Electric Corp. of China for WAPP Coastal Transmission Backbone Project work. Dongfang was one of three bidders for Package 5-4-3: Third Bulk Supply Point for Accra/Tema � Supply of Transformers, including four transformers and a transformer oil purification plant.

VRA received a US$46.2 million loan from the World Bank for the West Africa Power Pool including the WAPP Coastal Transmission Backbone Project. (HNN 12/10/07).

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