Kuwait fund increases financing for Sudan's 1,250-MW Merowe

The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has awarded a second loan of 15 million Kuwait dinars (US$52.5 million) to the government of Sudan to help complete the 1,250-MW Merowe Dam on the Nile River.

The project began in 2003, financed about 40 percent by the government of Sudan and the rest given by Arab funds and long-term loans from the Chinese government, whose companies are building the dam. (HNN 1/18/08) The latest loan agreement was signed by Kuwait fund officials and Sudan Finance Minister Awad Ahmed al-Jaz August 25.

The Kuwait fund previously provided a total of about US$164.5 million for Merowe. The consolidated loans are to cover about 7.95 percent of the total cost of the project.

The nine-kilometer-long Merowe Dam is to have ten 125-MW turbine-generators. Two units were expected to begin generating 250 MW by November, with the project reaching full capacity by November 2009.

Merowe's contractor is SinoHydro Corp. of China. Chinese consortium CCMD is carrying out the bulk of the work on the dam. China International Water &Electric Corp. and China National Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Corp. won a contract to build the project. Two Chinese firms also won a contract hydro-mechanical works. Alstom of France is supplying electro-mechanical equipment. A contract was awarded to Harbin Power Engineering Co. of China to construct transmission lines and substations.

Chinese companies have begun construction to increase the height of another Sudan project, 280-MW Roseires Dam on Sudan's Blue Nile. (HNN 8/29/08)

Sudan signs contracts for study of three new dams, rehab of one

Sudan government news agencies said Sudan President Omer Hassan al-Bashir took part in signing ceremonies August 27 of five contracts covering initial studies of three new dams as well as work to rehabilitate the Maridi Dam and Water Station.

The government news agencies said the contracts totaling US$38 million were signed by Executive Director Usama Abdalla of the Dams Implementation Unit and representatives of the implementing companies, which were not identified.

Contracts include aerial photography, studies, and design of medium-sized dams, maintenance and re-operation of Maridi, and formulation of a tender book for major dams.

Projects are to include Sawa Dam in Wau, Kenti Dam in Torit, and Baraj Dam in Juba of southern Sudan, which the Ministry of Information said would cost a total of US$600 million in their first phase. The projects are to generate electricity and provide water for irrigation.

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