Indian power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has commissioned the 28MW Nyaborongo hydroelectric project in Rwanda, Africa, on a turnkey basis.

The installation of the hydro project raises the power generation capacity of the Republic of Rwanda by 24% from 119MW to 147MW, BHEL said.

The Rwanda Government-owned project in the eastern part of Africa has been financed under the Indian Government’s line of credit.

BHEL had executed the hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical packages for the Nyaborongo hydropower project, which features equipment such as hydro turbines, generators, transformers, controls, monitoring and protection systems and switchgears.

"The installation of the hydro project raises the power generation capacity of the Republic of Rwanda by 24% from 119MW to 147MW."

The power facility houses two Francis type hydrogenerating units, each with a generation capacity of 14MW. Both of these have been synchronised with the grid during the commissioning.

The project is not the first African development for BHEL. The Indian company has marked its presence in other African nations too, including Sudan, Libya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria.

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BHEL has contracted more than 28,000MW of hydropower projects worldwide, and has the capacity to set up similar schemes starting from their design, engineering, supply / logistics, erection until the commissioning.

It uses its own manufacturing facilities to design and engineer, manufacture and test hydro turbines having over 100kW to up to 300,000kW capacity.

It also manufactures multiple impeller types such as Francis, Kaplan, Pelton and also reversible and pump turbines, along with matching generators.

As well as Africa, the firm has installed hydro power generation facilities in India, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand and Vietnam. It also has ongoing projects in Afghanistan, DR Congo and Bhutan.