With the prospect of the opening of the country to private investors and opportunities to develop numerous hydropower plants, ANDRITZ HYDRO has decided to establish a permanent office in the capital Brazzaville. This office allows better contact with local government and institutions and is a stepping stone to this interesting hydropower market, together with wider regional perspectives from countries within the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC and CEAC).
In March 2013, the Délégation Générale aux Grands Travaux (DGGT) – a national construction commission created to oversee development of Congo’s energy infrastructure – awarded ANDRITZ HYDRO a contract for the rehabilitation and modernization of HPP Djoué.
Located less than 10 km from the capital, HPP Djoué supplies Brazzaville with electricity and is strategically important for electricity generation in the Republic of Congo. The complex is built on the Djoué River, a tributary of the majestic Congo. The water intake is built inside a gravity dam to retain water for Brazzaville’s electricity demand.
Since its construction in the 1950s, there have been many incidents. The most significant one occurred in April 2007, when the power plant was flooded. It has been out of operation since then.
The scope of supply for ANDRITZ HYDRO included new turbine generator units and hydro- as well as electro-mechanical equipment, a new control room and a completely rehabilitated switchyard. The main objectives were to secure the safety of the facility and to increase the plant’s power output by over 25%. Both units will contribute to the production of clean sustainable electrical energy for the Congolese population and industry.