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Končar to revitalize hydropower plant in Kenya

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February 10, 2016

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Following a public tender Končar – Power Plant and Electric Traction Engineering (KET) signed a contract with Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) for the revitalization project of hydropower plant Kamburu (3×37 MVA) worth almost EUR 14 million. Končar said its firm will deliver electrical equipment, including the rehabilitation of the three generators, while the turbine equipment, as a consortium partner, will be delivered by Litostroj Power.

In 1975 Končar has delivered and commissioned for the Kamburu three vertical generators each rated power 37 MVA with excitation systems, equipment for automatic voltage regulation and demagnetization and three control panels for automatic start, control and stop along with other associated equipment. KenGen, which operates 14 hydropower facilities and produces 80% of total electricity generated in Kenya, had a lot of reason to be satisfied because the equipment was four decades in service, according to a press release on the Croatian company’s website.

Aside from KET, other companies take part in this project: Generators and Motors, Instrument Transformers, Distribution & Special Transformers and Switchgear. The beginning of work on the first generating unit is expected in the first half of 2017. Moreover, KET has successfully completed the replacement of the excitation system, protection and section 0.4 kV subdistribution for Kamburu in September 2014. The power plant has a capacity of 94.2 MW. KET is conducting revitalizations of two hydropower plants in Zambia.

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