The Nangbeto hydropower plant in Togo is set to undergo rehabilitation and modernization after the German company Voith Hydro won the contract to carry out the operation.
Heike Bergmann, Deputy Director of African Sales at Voith Hydro, confirmed the reports and said that the objective is to continue to supply energy to the Togolese and Beninese populations.
"This project and the successful co-operation with our local partners provides a basis for further modernization work in Central and West Africa," said Heike Bergmann.
Nangbeto hydropower plant
Nangbeto hydropower plant, located in the south of Togo, has a production capacity of 65 MW. The Benin Electricity Council , which is responsible for this work, commissioned the Nangbeto hydroelectric power plant in 1988. The electricity it produces to Togo Electricity, the public company responsible for electricity distribution, and to its sister company, the Beninese Electric Power Corporation Togolese Phosphates Agency. It was built on Mano, a river with a rather irregular course.
US $ 98m which was provided by the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) . The plant has been in operation for 35 years on the border between Benin and Togo.
Voith Hydro is expected to rehabilitate all generators, inspect the turbines and rehabilitate the cooling system. The company will start by shutting down a generator, restarting it after work, before doing the same work on the second one.
The hydropower which is also used to irrigate fields in several localities in southern Benin and Togo, will require an investment of US $ 25m for rehabilitation and modernization. Voith Hydro has until 2022 to deliver the project.
Unlike the design of hydroelectric projects, the other objective of the project is to create fishing areas, which is estimated at 1.7 billion m3 of water. 1000 to 1500 tons of fish would be produced each year and 43,000 acres of land would be irrigated by the dam.
"Nangbeto is the only power plant that supplies Togo and Benin with renewable energy. We are proud to make this plant fit for the future, "said Heike Bergmann.