Voith has secured a €22m contract from Communtauté Electrique du Bénin (CEB) to carry out modernisation works of Nangbeto hydropower plant on the Mono River that borders Benin and Togo, West Africa.

Under the contract, Voith will undertake rehabilitation and upgrades at the facility, which has been in operation for 35 years.

Modernisation of the hydropower plant is expected to secure the plant’s operations for at least another 30 years.

Voith will be responsible for the refurbishment of generators, cavitation inspection of turbines, replacement of blades and rehabilitation of the cooling system.

In addition, Voith is required to overhaul the automation and communication infrastructure.

Voith Hydro Africa Sales senior vice-president Heike Bergmann said: “Nangbeto is currently the only power plant that simultaneously supplies Togo and Benin with renewable energy. We are proud to make this plant fit for the future.

“Nangbeto is currently the only power plant that simultaneously supplies Togo and Benin with renewable energy.”

“The project and the successful cooperation with our local partners provide us with a good basis for further modernisation projects in Central and West Africa.

“Overall, the African continent has an enormous untapped hydropower potential. We want to use this potential to sustainably expand the regional power supply.”

Construction work at the site will be carried out by local companies, which will see the creation of employment opportunities in the region. Works are expected to end in 2022, with at least one of the two units with 32.5MW capacity connected to the grid.

Voith will also offer training to CEB employees so that they can manage the plant effectively after the extensive modernisation.

CEB is a Beninese-Togolese joint venture.

In November, Voith signed a contract to provide hydropower technology for the Xiamen Pumped Storage Plant in China.

The agreement was awarded by Fujian Xiamen Pumped Storage (Xiamen), a subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).