The First Turbine Lowered At Isimba 183(MW) HPP
The first turbine unit at the Isimba 183 (MW) hydropower project has been lowered in its position. Another milestone in the development of the flagship hydropower project, the lowering of the turbine signifies one step closer to completion of this project.
The lowering of the unit happened amidst salute and jubilation from other technical members not directly involved in the turbine installation works. For the contractor, it was a nail biting experience that ended all too well!
Isimba 183(MW) HPP shall have four turbines each with an installed capacity of 45.8MW with a total production of 183(MW). Three turbines remain to be lowered and the last one is expected in July, 2018. The turbines were manufactured by ZHEFU CO.LTD from Hangzhou, China. ZHEFU is a renowned and certified hydropower mechanical equipment manufacturer with first class international standards.
The dam’s civil structure has a life span of 100 years and 50-years for the hydro mechanical equipment respectively. The contractor has got a 2-years defects liability period after undertaking of the project. Compared to other dam facilities across Africa, this turbine unit at Isimba was a better deal for the country for its runner shafts are made of stainless steel.
UEGCL maintains that this project is on schedule and will be completed in the coming year 2018.