Beni Haroun project takes shape

18 January 2002

The French/Spanish group of Alstom and Dragados & Construcciones is due to start site work in January on the Beni Haroun pumping station. The group in late December won the Eur 110 million ($98 million) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and the Eur 32 million ($28.5 million) operation and management (O&M) contract for the plant.

The European consortium beat off stiff competition from two other groups - Canada's SNC Lavalin, with Siemensof Germany; and Razelof France, Europe's ABB Electric, Hitachi Corporation of Japan, Hamza Associatesof Egypt and the local GCB (MEED 6:7:01).

The pumping station will have a capacity of 23 cubic metres a second, making it the largest of its kind in the country. It will be driven by two 100-MW pumps, to be supplied and installed by Alstom, which will also provide two 100-MVA engines. Under the O&M contract, the French company will assume management responsibilities for the facility for 10 years. Dragados, which was selected to build the dam in 1993, will construct the 80-metre-high, 30-metre-diameter intake tower.

The pumping station represents the first of three elements in a project to supply drinking water to six provinces in the El-Milia area in the north of the country. It is expected to come on stream by the end of 2004 and will provide each local resident with a minimum of 150 litres of water a day.

The Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development is leading the financing for the project.

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