Voith, a leading manufacturer with operations across parts of the globe, has won an order to design, manufacture and supply the complete electromechanical equipment for the small hydropower plant Kabu 16 in Burundi.
Through its Voith Hydro Division, the company will also supervise the installation and commissioning of the plant. The Voith scope includes two vertical Francis turbines with a capacity of 10 megawatts (MW) each, valves, generators, and other plant systems.
The Voith Group is a global technology company. That deals in energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport. Founded in 1867, the company currently has more than 19,000 employees, sales of €4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide.
Burundi’s order for the small hydropower plant was placed in February 2019 between Angelique International Limited on behalf of the country’s Ministry of Hydraulics, Energy & Mines and Voith.
Construction works on the new plant have been in progress since March this year and expected to be finished in late 2020.
The project is of high national importance, as it will provide significant benefits to the people in Burundi in terms of improved power supply, employment generation and infrastructure improvement.
“The small hydropower plant Kabu 16 in Burundi will definitely contribute to the economic and social development of the region”, said Mr. Saurabh Sharma, Vice President & Business Head Small Hydro of Voith Hydro India.
The Voith Hydro Division is part of the Voith Group and a trusted partner for equipping hydropower plants.
“I am proud that Voith can support the project with a complete water to wire solution. The future plant operator will also benefit from a plant with a long performance time and low maintenance requirements,” Sharma continued.
According to Voith, small hydro power plants are an important component of the African energy mix. However, only a small percentage of the small hydropower potential on the continent has been exploited yet.
This is especially true in the Central African countries with low electrification rates, where there is extensive potential for future developments.
Voith believes that the expansion of small-scale hydropower can help to supply the population with electricity. In remote and mountainous regions, small hydropower plants deliver electricity to thousands of people. The company stated that rural societies running small-scale industries can benefit from well-interlinked small hydropower plant networks.