Water to wire solution drives small hydropower growth
Through Angelique International Limited, technology group Voith has been selected by the ministry to design, manufacture and supply a complete electromechanical equipment for the hydropower plant.
The equipment include two turbines with a capacity of 10MW each, valves, generators, the governor and automation system as well as the mechanical and electrical balance of plant systems.
Voith is supervising the installation and commissioning of the plant.
The company already started the project in March and will run until through autumn 2020.
The project is generating employment and forms part of efforts by Burundi to improve its infrastructure and power supply.
Saurabh Sharma, Vice-President and Business Head Small Hydro of Voith Hydro India, said: “The small hydropower plant Kabu 16 in Burundi will definitely contribute to the economic and social development of the region.
Sharma added: “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.”
The project has launched at a time small hydropower plants are an important component of the African energy mix yet only a small percentage of the small hydropower potential on the continent has been exploited.
Small hydropower projects have the potential to improve access to energy in Africa especially in rural and mountainous, according to a statement.
The technology can accelerate the development of local economies and decrease greenhouse emissions at the same time.