Alstom has secured a contract from Ethiopia-based Metals & Engineering Corporation for the supply of eight 375MW turbines and generators for phase one of the Grand Renaissance project.

The scope of the €250m contract includes the supply of eight turbines and generators and monitoring of electromechanical equipment installations at the plant being built acorss the Blue Nile River.

The company will additionally provide engineering and power plant commissioning services which will commence post-July 2013 and will be staggered over a three-year period.

Commenting on the contract Alstom Renewable Power president Jérome Pécresse remarked that the deal reinforces the company’s presence in the hydropower market of Africa.

"With the supply of the first high-capacity turbines in a short lead time, Alstom demonstrates its ability to meet the country’s power needs as quickly as possible," noted Pécresse.

The Grand Renaissance power plant, once fully completed, will be the largest hydropower facility on the continent with an estimated capacity of 6,000MW.