In 1995, a technical consultancy committee
submitted its recommendations regarding the
power station designs.
These recommendations in turn were passed on to the
Hydro-project Institute in Russia. The Institute
completed the designs, and presented them to the
consultancy Company- Lahmeyer International, which signed
a contract in 1999, to review the Dam Designs Documents.
preparation of tender
documents, and their presentation in April 2002, three
International Companies working in the field of
manufacturing Hydro-power Generation installations,
received the bidding documents.
Signing of the Power
Station Contract: Presidential Palace 2003
∑ On the 1st
of July 2003, and following many preparatory and introductory meetings, and site visits, in which the
Implementation Unit and the Consultant replied to
all contractors queries, three international
consortiums working in manufacturing power
generation equipments submitted their applications. They are:
French Company (Alstom)
two-Chinese Companies Consortium
work continued in vetting and evaluating the bid
applications by the Consultant and the National
Work Group representing the Project's Implementation
Unit. The process, which took place in the consultant
office in Germany, was completed in August 2003.
∑ At the end of September 2003, two
companies were tentatively selected, they were: Alstom,
the French Company, and the German-Austrian
Consortium. After a series of explanatory technical
meetings, between the Owner and the Consultant,
Alstom was finally selected for the job.
∑ A $300 million contract was
signed with Alstom to manufacture and install 10
turbine units with a capacity of 125 MW for
generate a total of 1250 MW. The first two turbines
will start generating electricity in July 2007, and
the installation for the rest of turbines will
complete by August 2008.
∑ At the contract signing ceremony,
the Minster of Electricity, Mr. Ali Tamim Fartak,
stated that the power production from Merowe Dam
will make Sudan an advanced digital country.
most significant feature about this station is
that it is situated behind the Dam, as a part
and parcel of the Damís main body. This will
facilitate the process of maintaining all the
facilities, and reduce the total structure of
the Dam. In designing the station, it has been observed that
the production should not be affected by the increase
in the silt, as in the case of other Dams in the
The Hydro-mechanical Equipments are part of the
power station. The Unit and the Consultant
agreed during the bidding stage that the
Hydro-mechanical Equipment project should be
separated from the rest of the station
On 6th Oct. 2003, the CCMD Consortium won this
contract. This is the same Consortium that
previously won the Civil Works contract (the
Damís main body). The winning of this company is
advantageous for the Project, as it will reduce
the coordination efforts between the
contractors, and will better facilitate
performing works related to the inbuilt parts in
the concrete body.
The contract includes designing, manufacturing,
and installation of equipments for the flooding
gates, the lower gates, the Damtop equipments,
the mechanical equipment supporting the
installation of Damís body and the services
This equipment includes the main pipes, the
control gates, and transmittersí cranes, and the
backdoors gates and crane, the lower flooding
gates, and the protective net, the maintenance
gates in front of and behind the Dam, the Dam
top cranes, and maintenance and services gates.
The contract value is 52.730.000 Euro, and was
complete in 14th May 2008.
China has provided 85% of funds for this
contract and the Republic of Sudan secured the
The work progress from January to June 2006:
Power Station Equipments for all the ten
have been delivered by the contractor Alstom,
according to the schedule, except for the
"Runner" which is the revolving part.
The arrival of all the materials related to the
booster transmitters, in addition to the high
pressure 500kv to 220 kv cables, and high
pressure cables of 33kv, 11kv with pressure of
110 and 50v.
The arrival of the ten controller machines
Completion of the final testings for the second
batch of the main transmitters in Italy, and the
completion of the "Runner" testing in
The completion of 99% of the detailed designs
by the Chinese contractor CCMD.
Completion of the first stage (intake) of
installing sectors of the sedimentation gates.
It reaches 90 sectors (15 sectors for every
Arrival of all the GIS equipment.
Arrival of the Northern State's Auto
Starting the second stage of the Power House,
by installing the sedimentation gates sectors,
which are 15 in total.
The completion of the new building for the
Power Generation Administration
Full Execution of training courses for the